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State to withdraw 35 civil cases related to MMPRC corruption

Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 January 2019, MVT 17:29
Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 January 2019, MVT 17:29

The state has decided to withdraw 35 of the 39 civil cases filed over the mega corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

The largest such scandal in the history of Maldives, the MMPRC graft case involved the embezzlement of MVR 1.4 billion, acquired via island and lagoon leases for tourism purposes, through the company.

In a statement, the Attorney General's Office explained that 35 civil lawsuits were being withdrawn for further review. The AG Office assured that the cases will be forwarded to the Civil Court again with the help of Maldives Police Service, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the presidential Commission on State Assets Recovery, as soon as the reviews and procedures were complete.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court is currently probing several cases filed in connection to the MMPRC corruption as well. Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, and former Managing Director of MMPRC Ibrahim Ziyath, have been convicted over their involvement in the embezzlement, with several more charges against them.