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Police question Fisheries Minister over MMPRC scandal

Shahudha Mohamed
03 November 2019, MVT 10:22
Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Zaha Waheed. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
03 November 2019, MVT 10:22

Maldives Police Service on Thursday night summoned and questioned Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Zaha Waheed over the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption scandal.

Zaha's name is on the list of individuals accused of benefiting from the state funds embezzled through MMPRC.

"I answered all the queries by the police when I visited the headquarters on Thursday night", Zaha told local media Mihaaru.

She did not reveal further details.

Police disclosed that many suspects were being interrogated in relation to the MMPRC scandal but stated that the names of those being summoned cannot be disclosed yet.

A total of 44 members of the 18th Parliament, 16 members of the 19th Parliament, five former members of independent institutions, 30 individuals in prominent positions in the former government, seven individuals in prominent positions in the current government, a total of five judges and seven security officers are on the list of those accused of receiving embezzled state funds.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Mohamed Hameed previously stated that over 100 individuals were questioned concerning the MMPRC investigation.

As per current findings, CP Hameed noted that the number of people to be questioned has doubled, assuring that the investigation will be conducted even more broadly in the future.

Police also mentioned that it was too early to determine whether the suspects on the list were directly involved in the scandal.

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