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ACC to police over questionable USD 1 mln in Yameen’s account

19 December 2018, MVT 15:17
Maldives' former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
19 December 2018, MVT 15:17

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), on Tuesday, formally filed a case to the police regarding the deposit of USD 1 million into former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s private bank account in Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) by a private firm SOF Pvt Ltd.

ACC decided to formally submit the case because their investigation into the questionable deposit revealed several suspicious details. The graft watchdog has not specified these concerns.

In a statement issued regarding the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case, ACC revealed that the USD 1 million deposited in Yameen’s account was initially received from MMPRC.

Yameen’s close aides previously asserted that there was no room to accuse the former president of wrongdoing as he had not used the money deposited by SOF Pvt Ltd.

The deposited money was placed under the ACC’s custody on July 28, 2018. In addition to this, the commission is currently working to summon the shareholders of SOF to Maldives for interrogation.

The shareholders have been implicated in the MMPRC corruption case.

ACC previously reported that SOF Pvt Ltd deposited USD 500,000 to Yameen's US Dollar account on October 13, 2015, and another USD 500,000 two days later.

Former president Yameen is also under investigation for MVR 22.5 million deposited into his MIB account about two weeks before the 2018 presidential election. Yameen’s bank accounts have also been frozen in relation to the case.

Yameen recently asserted that all assets in these accounts are legitimate.

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