The Parliament’s Financial Committee summoned the members of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for questioning on Wednesday, regarding their investigative report on the MVR 1.3 billion embezzlement case of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations (MMPRC).
The Committee requested via a letter to ACC to present the revenue generated as well as acts of corruption that occurred in the leasing of islands and lagoon to various parties.
The letter was sent to the President of the corruption watchdog Hassan Luthfee, as well as Vice President Muaviz Rasheed, and members Sofwath Mohamed, Yazmeed Mohamed and Aminath Minna.
Following the money laundering charges Luthfee stopped coming in for office.
Maldives Police Service is currently investigating the case of money laundering involving Luthfee and others. The case was filed to Police by Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) established under Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) in order to prevent money laundering and financing for terrorism.
Additionally, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is also facing money laundering charges and is currently detained in Maafushi Prison until his court proceedings reach a conclusion. Some accuse Luthfee of attempting to aid former President Yameen in eluding the charges against him.
The investigative report prepared by ACC about the MMPRC embezzlement case reveals that the commission examined 57 islands. The report further discloses that the state revenue generated by leasing these islands and lagoons had been embezzled as well.