The Prosecutor General’s Office has filed new charges of money laundering against former President and opposition leader Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

The PG office said the former president would also be charged with bribery and accused that Yameen has abused his powers as President in the transaction that saw the lease of Raa. Fugiri to develop a resort on the site.

The Prosecutors allege that the former President took a bribe from a man named Ahmed Kirk Riza and that the alleged bribe was over $1.2 million. The state also accuses Yameen of attempting to launder the said money through two companies called Sun Construction and Engineering Pvt Ltd and Sun Investment Ptd Ltd.

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem called this the biggest criminal charge in the history of the Maldives. He said that the state had a strong case in court and that it will take time to build confidence in the system. He also lauded work of Police, the ACC, and PG office for the investigative work that brought about the charges.

The former President has been convicted of money laundering and is currently serving a 5-year jail sentence.