The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has begun investigating the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives’ (PPM) deputy leader and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdullah and his wife over allegations of the couple purchasing two apartments from the new ‘Rehendhi-6’ apartment complex in the capital Male, worth over MVR 9 million.
According to an official from the graft watchdog, it began investigating the matter after the case was lodged at the commission; however, he did not reveal any further details.
The opposition had claimed corruption in the sale, immediately after the news surfaced, alleging that a member of parliament would not have the financial means to buy luxury apartments from the capital on a whim.
On February 5, after the state of emergency was declared and the political situation in Male was worsening, it came to light that MP Abdul Raheem had purchased two flats, each worth approximately MVR 4.5 million from the new development in Male, under his wife’s name.
When asked about the purchase at a press conference, the PPM deputy leader had admitted that he had purchased the apartments under his wife’s name, and declared that he had nothing to hide. However, he had refused to divulge his total income to the media, adding that he has other businesses, and that it nothing to disclose to the public.