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Emergency motion calls for full disclosure of all involved in MMPRC scandal

Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 October 2019, MVT 13:04
MDP Chairperson and Henveiru West MP Hassan Latheef speaks at a parliamentary committee meeting. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 October 2019, MVT 13:04

A ruling party MP on Wednesday submitted an emergency motion at the parliament, calling for full disclosure of all entities that received embezzled funds from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)'s corruption scandal.

The motion, filed by the chairperson of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Henveiru West MP Hassan Latheef, was accepted for debate unanimously by all 42 lawmakers present at the sitting.

The motion stated that the public voted in favour of MDP in the last presidential and parliamentary elections, in order to identify the true perpetrators behind the MMPRC scandal, bring them to justice, and recover the stolen state funds. The motion also noted that the public was demanding to uncover the truth behind unsolved murders and enforced disappearances.

Furthermore, the motion referred to a recent sitting of the parliamentary public accounts committee, where Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham stated that certain lawmakers, members of the judiciary, and top state officials had received MMPRC funds.

Hence, the emergency motion called for full disclosure of all individuals and entities involved in the MMPRC graft case, unsolved murders and enforced disappearances, and take swift action against those culpable.

The MMPRC scandal, which took place in the previous government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, marked the largest corruption case in the history of Maldives. The current administration declared that MVR 3.3 billion is owed to the state as the acquisition costs of over 60 islands which were leased for tourism purposes.

The current government commenced new investigations into the scandal after it came into power. Since then, the police have forwarded some cases to the Prosecutor General's Office for indictment. The Office have levied seven charges against former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, who stands accused of orchestrating the embezzlement.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), following its own investigation, has issued a list of 155 entities that received transactions from SOF Pvt Ltd, the local company through which the MMPRC funds were embezzled. However, none of the entities conceded to the allegations, and several maintained that the transactions with SOF were legitimate.

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