August 2023 | Supreme court bars former president from contesting election
The Supreme Court on 6 August upheld the Election Commission's (EC) decision to decline the candidacy of former president Abdulla Yameen in next month's general election scheduled for 9 September, despite appeals from his lawyers. Yameen was convicted on corruption and money-laundering charges in December 2022, resulting in an 11-year prison sentence. The Supreme Court noted that the EC's rejection under Article 109 of the Constitution was valid, an article which disqualifies candidates running for president with a criminal sentencing that exceeds 12 months. The main opposition People's National Congress has since nominated Mohamed Muiz as Yameen's replacement.
December 2022 | Former president sentenced to jail on corruption charges
The Criminal Court of Maldives on 25 December 2022 found former president Abdulla Yameen guilty on charges of corruption and money laundering, sentencing him to an 11-year jail term. The sentencing rules out Yameen’s presidential candidacy in the upcoming 2023 election for now, as Yameen plans to appeal. Yameen was sentenced to five years in jail for money laundering in 2019 on separate charges, but the Supreme Court overturned the verdict in 2021 due to discrepancies in the evidence presented at the initial trial.