Prosecutor General (PG) Hussain Shameem has stated a decision will be made on pressing charges in the ventilator case this week.
On October 14th last year, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) forwarded charges against 11 officials of the Ministry of Health, including Former Health Minister Abdulla Ameen, over the irregularities in awarding the contract to Dubai-based Executors Generals Trading to procure 75 ventilators to the Maldives.
However, the PG Office rejected the case upon close review, and decided not to press any further charges, citing the inadequate investigation protocols conducted by ACC.
The case went under another review based on the recommendation made by the Parliamentary Committee on Judiciary to seek further information on the case from Maldives Police Service and ACC.
PG Shameem said the new charges are being reviewed in light of new information discovered during the investigation by Maldives Police Service and ACC. He said a final decision will be made this week.
The audit report by the Auditor General’s office revealed Executors General Trading was paid 90% of the quoted price in advance to procure 75 ventilators, of which only 10 have been procured so far. The audit report also revealed the company was selected without being evaluated competently, moreover, Health Ministry did not seek any advance payment and performance guarantees from the company.