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Parliament committee decides to sack graft watchdog head

25 June 2019, MVT 18:54
Anti Corruption Commission President Hassan Luthufee. PHOTO: MIHAARU
25 June 2019, MVT 18:54

The Parliament’s Committee on Independent Institutions, on Tuesday, decided to sack Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)'s President Hassan Luthufee as he did not report to work for a long period of time.

During the meeting where the majority were members of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of the ruling coalition, the committee decided that Luthufee was neglecting his duties and most of the members voted to expel him.

ACC's members, last Wednesday, stated that although he did not attend work for the past two months, he was collecting his salary on time. ACC's Vice President Muavviz Rasheed declared that none of the commission members knew where Luthufee was.

Muavviz added that although the committee members had discussed the issue among themselves, there was no legal action they could take.

While Luthufee is yet to return after he left on his annual leave last April, the police has commenced an investigation into a money laundering case in which he was involved.

The case was reported to the police by Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA)’s independent agency, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

The ACC-led investigation on MMPRC also revealed that while former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was accused of corrupt practices, Luthufee had acted in an unlawful manner to defend the former president.