Dhunya Maumoon questioned by ACC regarding MMPRC graft

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned former Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon to appear before the commission in relation to the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case.

Dhunya appeared before the ACC at 11:00 am on Wednesday.

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's daughter, Dhunya, is alleged to have embezzled state funds through government-owned companies using the MMPRC, from February 2014 to October 2015. She is also accused of embezzling funds received from leasing islands and lagoons for tourism purposes.

In a tweet posted after the ACC meeting, Dhunya said she helped the ACC to clear her name and said the allegations against her were politically motivated lies. She wished the ACC luck in bringing the real culprits of the case to justice.

In a letter to the Asset Recovery Commission on May 30, 2021, Dhunya said she had never received the MVR 200,000 from MMPRC funds, as mentioned in a Parliamentary report published on May 12, 2021. She asserted that she never received any money or benefits related to the MMPRC scam.

SHC Lawyers LLP, which represented Dhunya in the Assets Recovery Commission, had earlier said that Dhunya learned that her name was linked to the MMPRC scam in the Parliamentary report when local newspapers reported the information.

The Parliament released a list of 281 people who have received funds from the MMPRC scam. The list includes some senior officials of former President Abdulla Yameen's government, some senior officials of the current government, members of the previous Parliament, some members of the current Parliament, and some of the Maldives' most prominent businessmen.