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FIU's former head, MMA Governor to be summoned to committee

Shahudha Mohamed
15 July 2019, MVT 18:52
Monday's session of Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance in progress. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
15 July 2019, MVT 18:52

Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance, on Monday, decided to summon former Head of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Abdulla Ashraf and Maldives Monetrary Authority (MMA)'s Governor Ahmed Naseer over his response letter to Ashraf's accusations against the governor.

Ashraf was the Head of FIU, an independent unit established by law under MMA to receive, analyse and disseminate information concerning money laundering and financing terrorism, until he was abruptly removed from his position.

At the time of Ashraf's removal, FIU had submitted a case to Maldives Police Service regarding transactions of huge amounts involving former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's Islamic Bank account coinciding with the 2018 presidential elections.

The 18th parliament also questioned Governor Naseer on removing Ashraf from his position. They were both previously summoned to the committee over the the letter addressed to the governor by Ashraf, riddled with accusations.

At the time, Governor Naseer denied all of Ashraf's allegations.

The Public Finance Committee is now summoning the two to question them on Governor Naseer's response letter to Ashraf's allegations.

However, Monday's committee session did not discuss the contents of the letter.

Since the letter contained a number of accusations, Hulhudhoo MP Ilyass Labeeb stated that each accusation must be discussed separately.

Noting that the matter was complicated, Maradhoo MP Ibrahim Shareef insisted that a through investigation must take place.

"It is important that we probe this case properly. We cannot assume one is right and the other is wrong and conclude this matter", Shareef stated.

The parliament has not yet taken a stance on Ashraf's allegations.

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