Suspension on Mahloof and Akram lifted

The suspension on Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof and State Minster of Planning Ministry Akram Kamaaluddin which was imposed after their names appeared on Anti-Corruption Commission's report on the MMPRC scandal has been lifted.

The ACC report listed both Mahloof and Akram as recipients of the state funds embezzled through SOF Pvt Ltd, the key company involved in funneling the funds.

Mahloof received US$ 30,000 from the company as currency exchange while Akram also received the same amount. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ordered their suspension until investigation into the deposits were concluded.

Spokesperson of the President's Office Ibrahim Hood confirmed that the suspension on both government officials has been lifted.

Mahloof and Akram were suspended on February 14, with Tourism Minister Ali Waheed temporarily stepping in as acting Minister of Youth and Sports during Mahloof's suspension.

In a tweet published on Tuesday, Mahloof announced the lift on his suspension, and thanked the president for trusting him with his position after clearing his name through the police and ACC. He assured that he would carry out his responsibilities with integrity.

According to the report publicized by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), MMPRC was supposed to receive USD 77.5 million as acquisition fees for 57 islands leased through the company. However, only USD 12.5 million was received by the state, while the remaining USD 64.8 million was deposited into the account of a company named SOF Private Limited, and a company linked to the now jailed former vice president Ahmed Adeeb, Millennium Capital Management.