The President’s Office has denied claims made by former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih benefited from the MMPRC scandal, claiming they are totally baseless.
The President’s Office Spokesperson, Mabrook Azeez, informed local media that President Solih has already said that there is no proof that may imperil him or his position.
He further stated that the president has encouraged Ali Waheed to provide whatever proof that may exist if it exists at all.
Mabrook also questioned Ali Waheed’s motives for bringing these claims now, rather than while he was the tourism minister.
During yesterday night’s press briefing, the former tourism minister claimed that President Solih received MVR 35 million from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb as part of the MMPRC scandal funds.
Solih, the MDP’s parliamentary group leader at the time, met with then-Tourism Minister Adeeb in Rehendhi Flat before transferring the money in a “black bag,” according to Ali Waheed.
He further alleged that the incident’s CCTV tape is with Maldives Police, and that the main investigator at the time, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz, had removed Solih’s name from multiple witness testimony.
Following that, the opposition alliance presented an emergency resolution to the People’s Majlis today, requesting an inquiry into Ali Waheed’s accusations and calling for President Solih to be suspended until the probe is completed.