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Maldives: Court orders arrest of ex-President Yameen on money laundering charges

File photo: Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 18, 2019, 05.10 PM (IST)

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen will be arrested and detained on money laundering charges, as per the order by a Maldivian court on Monday, news agency AFP reported.

The court agreed to a prosecution request to detain Yameen who was charged last week with laundering nearly $1.5 million before he lost his re-election bid in September, AFP reported. 

Maldivian prosecutors on Sunday charged Yameen's top aide with embezzling millions of dollars from the tropical tourist paradise. 

The charges against high-profile former justice minister Azima Shakoor come days after Yameen was hit with his own indictment on graft charges after his shock election loss last year.

Maldivian police had earlier announced they had evidence linking Yameen and Shakoor to the theft of millions from the country, AFP reported. 

The Maldivian government is seeking international help to find millions of dollars allegedly syphoned off by Yameen.

According to reports, Maldivian authorities in the Indian Ocean archipelago were in talks with foreign experts as part of a police investigation against the Yameen who lost power last September.

(With inputs from AFP)