Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem has announced that a decision on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) request to charge Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof under the MMPRC massive corruption scandal will be taken after the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) receives the necessary evidence and documents.
Following the forwarding of the case, the PGO required that the ACC execute specific tasks related to the case. PG Shameem stated that this does not imply that the PGO is attempting to avoid prosecution, but rather that it seeks to complete all elements, including administrative details, before the case is forwarded to the court.
In response to a question about why ACC was asked to complete all aspects again, PG Shameem stated that when examining a case, PGO has a supervisory function in which they must provide advice, conduct additional research, and clear things up.
According to Shameem, as soon as the PGO receives a request to prosecute someone, their first concern is to determine if there is enough evidence to demonstrate it in court, as they can predict the questions that would be asked, which he claims is the same in Minister Mahloof’s case. He went on to query what he had to be frightened of, reminding the public that he had prosecuted state ministers and former presidents.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had forwarded Youth Minister Mahloof’s case in connection with the MMPRC corruption to the Prosecutor General’s Office on June 9.
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.
The ACC 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.