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ACC: Youth Minister 'not under investigation' for corruption

Mariyam Malsa
15 March 2019, MVT 11:00
Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
15 March 2019, MVT 11:00

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) declared that Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof is not currently under investigation for corruption.

According to local media outlet Mihaaru, ACC made the declaration in reply to a letter sent by Minister Mahloof on Tuesday. The document also asserts that no previous corruption-related investigations into the minister were conducted.

ACC's investigative report on the corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) revealed that SOF Pvt Ltd had transferred USD 33,000 (MVR 508,850) to Minister Mahloof’s account. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih subsequently suspended Mahloof from his position as Youth Minister.

Minister Mahloof has previously asserted that the transaction between SOF and his account was a legitimate currency exchange conducted by his brother for a family-owned shop.

While the former MP shared documents regarding these transactions to ACC as proof of his claims, Mahloof stated that he would resign from his post as Youth Minister if any issues arose.

The corruption watchdog's report also implicates State Minister of Planning and Infrastructure Akram Kamaluddin in the MMPRC case with USD 30,000 being deposited into his account by SOF.

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