Police to probe BML Deputy CEO over provision of false information

Maldives Parliament is pursuing a police case against Bank of Maldives (BML) Deputy CEO Mohamed Shareef for providing false information to parliament committee.

At a news conference held at the parliament on Sunday, Secretary General Fathimath Niusha stated that the chair of the parliament's Public Finance Committee informed the Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed that Deputy CEO of BML Shareef on the 16th of July had given false information at the Public Finance Committee.

"The matter, where BML Deputy CEO Shareef is being accused, will be forwarded to relevant authorities to press charges accordingly along with a letter. The letter will be sent sometime today", stated the Secretary General.

According to article 99(a) of the constitution, the parliament or any of its committees have the power to summon any person to appear before it and give evidence under oath or produce documents. Any person questioned by the parliament are to answer to the best of his knowledge and ability.

While Shareef will be reported to authorities for providing false information, Speaker Nasheed has recently stated that he has been receiving complaints that some officials from institutions have been speaking in unclear terms at parliament committees, while some are suspected of providing false information.

Nasheed further stated that providing false information to the parliament is a criminal offence. He warned that if there are any suspicions that information provided are untrue, the matter will be investigated and sent to the Prosecutor General for charges to be pressed.