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BroadCom member Sofwan resigns

Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 June 2019, MVT 10:03
Ismail Sofwan (M), formerly a member of Maldives Broadcasting Commission. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 June 2019, MVT 10:03

Ismail Sofwan of Maldives Broadcasting Commission turned in his resignation on Wednesday, following the decision by the parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions to sack him.

The parliament secretariat confirmed that they received his resignation letter.

The committee decided to terminate him as Sofwan had not carried out his mandated duties for six months but collected his monthly salary for the duration. Sofwan did not attend office after the current administration came into power on November 2018.

Sofwan faced allegations of manipulating the Broadcasting Commission to target and penalise certain media channels under the influence of the previous government. Members of the parliamentary committee agreed during the discussion on Sofwan's actions, that the Broadcasting Commission had made unjust decisions.

The Committee on Independent Institutions had also decided to sack Hassan Luthfee, the president of Anti-Corruption Commission. Luthfee turned in his resignation at the President's Office before the committee's decision was forwarded to the parliament floor for debate.