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Maldives seize $6.5 million from former president

AFP  |  Colombo 

Former is under investigation for corruption, police said Sunday, after a court ordered accounts holding USD 6.5 million to be frozen.

Yameen, who was defeated in a September election, was interviewed by police on the honeymoon islands on Saturday.

He has been dogged by allegations that he received close to USD 1.5 million in illicit payments during his failed bid for re-election in the archipelago nation.

The country's monetary authority has lodged a police complaint about the alleged donations made into a private account held by Yameen in two suspicious tranches, reported.

The former strongman president, who ruled the popular holiday islands with an iron fist, jailing or exiling his opponents, has denied the allegations.

Yameen relied heavily on for political and financial support in the nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims, troubling neighbouring

has challenged for regional influence, including in strategically-located nations like the Maldives, and which have traditionally been within India's orbit.

has loaned billions of dollars to countries around the and beyond for infrastructure development, stoking fears of a debt trap.

But Yameen's defeat to signalled something of a reset, with the new accusing of a land grab in the and turning to for help.

Solih departed for on Sunday on his first official visit abroad since assuming office.

He is scheduled to meet in on Monday.

Yameen's five-year tenure was marked by the jailing of all his key rivals most of whom have returned to the country after his toppling.

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First Published: Sun, December 16 2018. 18:20 IST