The legal team representing former President Abdullah Yameen has requested the Criminal Court to live-stream the court hearings of the Vaavu Aarah sale case.

Yameen's team made the request at the hearing held earlier this morning at the Criminal Court and the State Prosecutors did not object to the request.

But Yameen's co-defendant in the case, Yoosuf Naeem objected to the request and asked the court not to live-stream his parts in the hearing.

The Prosecution, however, said that the charges cannot be separated.

It said that unless the hearings are held behind closed doors, the Supreme Court live-streams all the court hearings and the defendant's objection to the live-stream is not a valid enough reason to forgo the live stream.

With this, the presiding judge asked both sides to submit the missing court documents before Thursday and also said that it would inform beforehand if the hearing is to be live-streamed.

The next hearing for the case is to be held on the 27th of this month.

The Prosecutor General’s Office charged Yameen with money laundering and taking a bribe in connection to the case in November.

It has accused the former President of using his influence as the President in the sale of the Aarah to Yoosuf Naeem for USD 1 million.