In a press statement released today, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured that no political influence was used in the ventilator scandal investigation.
The compliance audit report published by the auditor general regarding the procurement of ventilators by the ministry of health revealed several alleged acts of corruption. The government filed an urgent investigation request to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and Maldives Police Service to further probe the allegations.
However, Prosecutor General Shameem yesterday announced that no charges will be pressed against the 11 individuals including former health minister Ameen involved in the scandal. The decision not to press charges by PG received several backlash from the public and political figures alike.
Moreover, Former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed led the chants to call for the resignation of PG Shameem. Nasheed further criticized the government’s involvement and attempts to cover up the scandal, which should not be part of an MDP government as it goes against the party’s ethics and morals.
In the press statement released today, President Solih stated that no political influence was used on any authority during the investigation and its outcome. The government initiated and lead the investigation in cooperation with ACC and Maldives Police Service after the auditor general’s compliance report.
Moreover, it stated that the government provided all the information and support requested for the investigation by an “independent” Anti Corruption Commission without any hesitation.
Furthermore, the decision by PG not to press charges in relation to the case was not because of political pressure from the government. As the leader of this country, President Solih assured that he will do his best to make authorities more compliant with the law and ensure the rights of the people are safeguarded at all times.