The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has provided the Prosecutor General’s Office with additional documents requested in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case against Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof.
Public Prosecutor Ahmed Shafiu, the PG Office’s media representative, confirmed that the PG Office had received a letter from the ACC regarding Mahloof’s corruption case, and that the case would now be evaluated. He also added that a decision on whether to file charges would be made soon.
On June 9, the ACC recommended that the PG Office charge Minister Mahloof in connection with the MMPRC corruption scandal. Since then, the PG Office has repeatedly requested additional papers relating to the case from the ACC, demanding that the commission complete all of the case’s necessary components.
The ACC claimed that their investigation revealed that Mahloof, who was then acting as a legislator, received USD 33,000 in exchange for voting for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) bill.
The commission is charging Mahloof with bribery and embezzlement under Article 2(A) of the Anti-Corruption Act, as well as presenting false information to an investigating authority under Article 521 of the Penal Code.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had directed Minister Mahloof to step aside from his duties until the PG Office rules on the corruption accusations brought against him.
However, Mahloof has denied the charges against him, stating that he has always been the “scapegoat” in the MMPRC embezzlement case.