Governor Naseer resigns from post

Governor of Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) Ahmed Naseer has resigned from his post.

AVAS understands Naseer met with several senior officials of MMA before announcing his resignation on Wednesday.

Naseer's resignation comes at a time when several accusations have been directed at him by former head of MMA's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Abdulla Ashraf.

Speaking at the Parliament's Public Finance Committee upon being summoned on Monday, Ashraf said Governor Naseer had attempted to exert influence on the FIU while he was the head of the unit through March 2016 to September 2018.

A police case against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom was filed after a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) was issued by Bank of Maldives after large amount of funds were deposited into his account as campaign funds.

Ashraf revealed to the committee that the governor asked Ashraf to meet him on the terrace of the MMA building, where he told Ashraf not to report high profile cases such as that of the president's, just ahead of the presidential election.

He also expressed fear of losing his job and being sent to jail, and also voiced concern for his family's welfare, said Ashraf.

While President Yameen was asked to deposit funds received from a certain source to an escrow account set up between the president and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) until the end of investigation, the President opted to transfer funds from another source into the escrow account. Governor Naseer had ordered not to report the development to authorities, accused Ashraf further.