Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof’s suspension, which was imposed awaiting a decision by the Prosecutor General’s Office on corruption charges, has been revoked, local news website Mihaaru reported.
Mahloof was suspended by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in June after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sent a case to the Prosecutor General’s Office for his alleged involvement in the major Maldives Marking and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement scandal.
The commission’s investigation found that Mahloof, who was then serving as a legislator, received USD 33,000 from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb in exchange for voting for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) bill during the Yameen administration.
According to Mihaaru, his suspension was lifted since the Prosecutor General’s Office had not decided whether to pursue charges against him despite the passage of four months.
According to the report, the President’s Office has also notified the youth ministry that he would resume his duties tomorrow following a four-month suspension.
Mahloof was also suspended in 2019 in connection with the MMPRC scandal, but he returned to work after a few days.