Statements have been taken from the witnesses presented by the state in the money laundering trial against former President Abdulla Yameen.
Witnesses presented in the trial includes former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, former tourism minister Moosa Zameer, former minister of state for economic relations Mohamed Luwaiz, former President of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Hassan Luthufee and current ACC President Muawwiz Rasheed, former managing director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) Abdulla Ziyath, deputy CEO of Bank of Maldives Mohamed Shareef as well as the CEO of Ensis Group Mohamed Waseem Ismail.
During Tuesday's hearing, the first witness statement was given by BML's Deputy CEO Mohamed Shareef. He was asked about the standard procedure of creating an escrow account in the bank, and his role in opening the escrow account that was described in the charges against Yameen.
Shareef said that an escrow account is created in accordance to an agreement between the two parties involved, and that is not illegal to create such an account. However, he denied playing any role in opening the escrow account in question.
The second statement was given by Mohamed Luwaiz. He was asked whether Yameen contacted him regarding a financial transaction. Luwaiz said that he did not receive such a call from Yameen, although the former legal affairs minister Azima Shakoor contacted him about the delays in processing a transaction.
He said that as a board member of BML, he shared the information with the former CEO of BML Andrew Healy. However, he said that he did not communicate with anybody else after that regarding the matter.
The third statement was given by former tourism minister Moosa Zameer, who was asked how he desposited USD one million to the escrow account of Yameen. Zameer said that he deposited the money upon Yameen's request, and that he had sold a personal property to gather the amount. He said that Yameen did not contact him regarding delays in depositing the amount, although
Azima had contacted him regarding the matter.
The last statement during today's hearing was given by CEO of Ensis Mohamed Waseem Ismail. Waseem had claimed during the investigation that he was the one who gave Moosa Zameer USD one million to be deposited to Yameen's account. Waseem stated that he had bought a USD 2 million property from Moosa Zameer, although he has not had any communication regarding the transaction since. However, he said that he had later borrowed MVR 15 million from Zameer to begin a project.
During today's hearing, a heated argument took place regarding the decision to take a video statement from former ACC President Hassan Luthufee, who had refused to testify against Yameen in court.