The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has officially commenced a criminal investigation into the financial dealings of the Football Association of the Maldives (FAM). The investigation, sparked by allegations of money laundering and fraud involving fund transfers from FAM to private accounts, was set in motion upon the directive of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO).
To facilitate the inquiry, police officers executed a court-authorized search of the FAM office. The PGO’s decision to delve into the matter is rooted in the critical need to ensure the nation’s integrity, foster strong relations with foreign countries and international organizations, and uphold the trust and confidence these entities place in Maldivian institutions.
As part of the investigation, the PGO has ordered the scrutiny of potential misappropriation of funds granted to FAM by various entities. The MPS is mandated to investigate potential cases of money laundering, theft, fraud, or any other criminal offenses that might arise during the probe. Subsequently, charges will be filed against those found responsible.
Amid these developments, the FAM saw two key members of its executive committee resign. Vice President Hussain Shafiu and Member Muaviyath Khaleel cited multiple issues as the reasons for their departure. However, FAM President Bassam Adeel Jaleel has vehemently denied any allegations of corruption and remains determined to seek a third term in office.