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JSC to probe judges allegedly linked to MMPRC graft scandal

Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 October 2019, MVT 21:07
Members of the Judicial Service Commission. FILE PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 October 2019, MVT 21:07

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Wednesday announced its decision to investigate the judges accused of being involved in the corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

JSC's announcement comes after Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham recently stated, at a sit-down with the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, that a number of lawmakers, top state officials and members of the judiciary were linked to the graft case.

In a statement, JSC stated that the commission decided during its meeting on Wednesday to launch an investigation into the judges accused of involvement, and to reach out to relevant authorities for information and evidence.

The Judges' Association has also called for the probe.

The MMPRC scandal is the largest corruption case to rock the Maldives in history. According to the current administration, over MVR 3.3 billion acquired via the leasing of islands and lagoons for tourism purposes were embezzled through MMPRC, during the previous government.

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