The Prosecutor General’s Office has sent the corruption case involving top government officials in connection with the awarding of a government contract to supply ventilators for COVID-19 patients back to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for a third time for re-evaluation.
The ACC had just resubmitted the case to the PG Office with additional charges on November 1, following a re-investigation request, but a PG Office media spokesman acknowledged that the ACC had been asked to submit it again after revision.
The commission had asked the PG Office to file charges against 12 top government officials, including former Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, in connection with the case. It had referred the matter to the PG Office in mid-2020, which had refused to file charges, claiming issues with the investigation method.
However, in response to criticism from the People’s Majlis and the public, the PG Office later sent the matter back to the ACC for reconsideration but did not overturn its previous decision not to pursue charges.