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Foreign lawyers to assist in recovering embezzled state funds

28 January 2019, MVT 21:18
Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
28 January 2019, MVT 21:18

Attorney General’s Office revealed that the government would seek assistance from experienced foreign lawyers in the process of recovering embezzled state funds.

A statement released by the AG Office on Sunday disclosed that assistance from foreign lawyers was sought to continue legal proceedings that need to be carried out abroad in order to recover the funds which were sent overseas. The statement further noted that discussions were already being held with relevant authorities to secure this assistance.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih established the Presidential Commission on Corruption and Asset Recovery shortly after his inauguration. The proceedings of this commission are currently in progress.

Attorney General’s Office has filed money laundering cases against several leading members of the previous administration, at the Presidential Commission and Police in January. These individuals include former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

While the assistance of experienced lawyers is being acquired in recovering embezzled state funds, the charges against Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) in the embezzlement of MVR 1.4 billion in state funds, has been withdrawn for reviewing.

AG Office confirmed that the case would be filed after the issues were properly reviewed.

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