The Edition


ACC responds to issue of Pres Yameen's financial statement

31 October 2018, MVT 12:26
President Abdulla Yameen (R) receives First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim (R) upon her return from Saudi Arabia on October 18, 2018. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
31 October 2018, MVT 12:26

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recommended that outgoing President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's failure to submit his financial statement to the Auditor General's Office, should be taken to the Public Finance Committee of the Parliament.

ACC gave this recommendation following a privately filed complaint regarding President Yameen's failure to submit the financial statement, as per the law.

In a response sent to the anonymous individual, ACC stated that the commission could not launch an investigation into the Auditor General's Office's failure to take action against the outgoing president, as the office's lack of action in itself did not prove corruption was involved. Instead, ACC advised that a case be filed with the Public Finance Committee.

In a letter sent to ACC in reply to the commission's query, Auditor General Hassan Ziyath had verified that President Yameen has not submitted any financial statements since 2013.

However, the President's Office had previously guaranteed that the statements had been submitted, in response to accusations by the opposition that claimed otherwise. The President's Office also stated that it would submit the financial statement shortly after the new format was finalised by the Auditor General's Office.