Maldives to raise penalty for graft

The government is looking to amend the penal code to add a specific chapter for corruption, Attorney General (AG) Mohamed Anil revealed Wednesday.

Maldives adopted the landmark law which took a decade in the making in July 2015 repealing the penal code written in 1968.

Speaking during a program on state TV, the AG said the government propose two major amendments to the penal code this year, which includes a specific chapter on embezzlement and corruption.

Anil said the amendments would include some of the recommendations made by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

"If top state officials are involved in bribery, then the penalty should be more severe," Anil said.

The present penal code does not specify 'corruption' as an offence but includes abuse of power and bribery.