The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has forwarded Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof’s case in connection with the MMPRC corruption to the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The ACC stated that the investigation revealed that Minister Mahloof, who was then acting as a legislator, received USD 33,000 in exchange for voting for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) bill.
Mahloof returned to the Maldives from Malaysia on August 27, 2014, to vote for the SEZ bill proposed by the Yameen administration, according to the investigation. In addition, Mahloof was found to have received USD 33,000 from the SOF company.
The Commission also revealed that Mahloof met with former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, who is suspected of orchestrating the MMPRC scandal, after the vote on the SEZ bill.
According to the ACC, Mahloof produced a payment received slip in the name of the SOF company to establish that the USD 33,000 cheque was for foreign currency exchange reasons. However, the ACC investigation found no evidence that the money was earned through foreign currency trading.
Furthermore, the Commission stated that the transaction was a bribe given by Ahmed Adeeb to Ahmed Mahloof based on witness testimony and evidence acquired throughout the investigation. According to the Commission, Ahmed Mahloof was accused under Article 2(A) of the Prevention and Prohibition of Corruption Act.
The ACC has also requested that Mahloof be charged under Article 552 (A) and (B) of the Penal Code for misleading the investigation by claiming that the USD 33,000 had been a legal currency exchange.
The spokesperson for the President’s Office Mabrook Azeez stated immediately after the ACC statement that Minister Mahloof had been told to stand down from his position.