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Police probes officers involved in MMPRC corruption scandal

Shahudha Mohamed
22 October 2019, MVT 22:27
Police officers entering the Maldives Police Service headquarters located at Shaheed Hussain Adam Building. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
22 October 2019, MVT 22:27

Maldives Police Service on Tuesday confirmed that the institution was currently investigating Police personnel suspected of being involved in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption scandal, which cost the state over MVR 3.4 billion.

According to Police Spokesperson Izmia Zahir, certain Police officers were suspected of being linked to the largest embezzlement scam in Maldivian history. She added that the officers in question have been reported to Professional Standard's Command for investigation.

The probe into these officers have been ongoing since October 13.

Police did not reveal further details since the cases are currently under investigation. However, Izmia stated that the number of cases being probed will be disclosed later on.

"There are Police personnel of many ranks among those under investigation. This includes non-commissioned and commissioned officers as well as executive-level officers", she revealed.

Allegations were raised against former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, who is believed to have orchestrated the MMPRC, of influencing Police for undue advantages.

The state has now pressed a total of seven charges against Ex-VP Adeeb over the MMPRC case, following the conclusion of the Police investigation.

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