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Motion submitted to dismiss ACC President

Shahudha Mohamed
20 June 2019, MVT 10:45
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) President Hassan Luthfee. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
20 June 2019, MVT 10:45

Velidhoo MP Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg, on Wednesday, submitted a motion to the Parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions to dismiss Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) President Hassan Luthfee.

The motion was submitted on the basis of Luthfee collecting monthly salaries despite failing to carry out his official duties. Gan MP Mohamed Visham backed the motion.

During a session held by the Committee on Independent Institutions, MP Shafeeg asserted that Luthfee's actions constituted grounds for dismissal as per the constitution.

However, the Velidhoo MP's motion was not discussed during Wednesday's committee meeting since ACC members were in attendance.

Committee chair Rozaina Adam stated that a decision on the matter would be reached during a later session.

Members of the corruption watchdog present at the meeting disclosed that Luthfee had remained out of contact for a two-month period in addition to missing ACC meetings.

ACC Vice President Muaviz Rasheed stated that discussions concerning Luthfee's absence were previously conducted among members. However, he revealed that the commission did not possess the legal right to take action regarding the matter.

Luthfee has not reported to ACC since taking an official leave in April.

Maldives Police Service is currently investigating cases of money laundering against the ACC president.

The cases were filed by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the independent body of Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) tasked with analysing information concerning money laundering activities and suspicious activity from commercial banks.

Luthfee is allegedly involved in money laundering activities with other individuals. Moreover, Luthfee is accused of illegally protecting former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the latter's corruption investigations.

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