The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has stated that it will make a decision on charging Minister of Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof next week.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has directed Minister Mahloof to step aside from his duties until the PGO rules on the corruption accusations brought against him in connection with the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) scandal.
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 Wednesday.
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.
After the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) forwarded the case, PGO began analyzing it and will announce its decision next week.
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.