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Maldives graft watchdog head resigns

26 June 2019, MVT 13:20
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)'s Chief Hassan Luthfee resigned on Monday. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
26 June 2019, MVT 13:20

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)'s President Hassan Luthfee on Tuesday resigned following the Parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions' decision to sack him.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Chief Communications Strategist Ibrahim Hood confirmed that Luthfee sent in his resignation letter.

He was sacked as he failed to attend work for an extended period of time.

ACC 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 committee members were aware of Luthfee's whereabouts.

While Luthfee is yet to return after he left on his annual leave last April, Maldives Police Service have 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 the graft scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) claimed that Luthfee acted unlawfully to defend former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom against accusations of corrupt practices.

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