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No ongoing probe into state corruption cases: home minister

Shaina Abdulla
15 May 2018, MVT 21:12
Home Minister Azleen Ahmed speaking at a function
Shaina Abdulla
15 May 2018, MVT 21:12

Minister of Home Affairs and chair of the Commission on State Assets Recovery (CSAR), Ahmed Azleen, on Tuesday stated that no case has been submitted to probe into the government's alleged misuse or theft of state assests.

Speaking at the press conference held to announce the extension of the commission’s term, Minister Azleen revealed that the CSAR has been looking into several cases in order to recover the MVR 29 billion missing from the state's funds. He also stated that the commission was probing cases on the previous governments’ recovery of state assets.

The chief of the commission further said that there has been no cases of corruption by the current government, but only cases of single individuals of the administration during the ongoing term. He noted that those individuals are currently serving their sentences as per the courts’ verdicts.

Minister Azleen commented on the fairness of the commission and stated that CSAR was not formed to oversee cases of a specific government. He vowed that it will continue its work in an unbiased manner.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom formed the commission to oversee the recovery of state assets marked as misused or stolen by the Auditor General’s Office and the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Home Minister Ahmed Azleen was appointed as chair of the five-member State Assets Recovery Commission along with President’s Office Minister Mohamed Muhthaz, Khadeeja Hussain, Dr Ibrahim Mahfooz, and Mohamed Saleem.

The commission is to periodically update the president as well as the Prosecutor General, Auditor General, and the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Auditor General’s Office had earlier released numerous reports of ministries and government agencies flagging the misuse or theft of state funds, ever since the office was set up as an independent oversight body in 2008.

The embezzlement of resort lease payments and other funds from the state-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) was the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Maldives.