Parliament requests for names of MPs implicated in MMPRC graft

The Parliament has requested authorities to share the names of the parliament members involved in the MMPRC graft.

The official audit report into the MMPRC scandal revealed that over US$ 79 million was embezzled through the state tourism promotion company, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

In a press conference held last week jointly by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Maldives Police Service and Asset Recovery Commission, it was revealed that 44 members of the 18th Parliament and 16 members of the current parliament are implicated in the graft.

At a press conference held Sunday at the Parliament, Secretary General Fathimath Niusha said it was concerning to learn the involvement of parliament members in the graft while the Parliament Secretariat, the Speaker, and members promoted integrity.

Therefore, the Speaker of the parliament and former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has requested the relevant authorities to reveal the names of the MPs who benefited from the graft, said Niusha. However, a response has not been received yet, she said.

Niusha further said when the names are shared with the parliament, the parliament will investigate the issue and take appropriate action. However, she did not disclose what action may be taken.

Thursday's press conference revealed that while it was previously thought 177 people received the embezzled fund, the number now exceeds 267. This include seven government officials, and 8 judges currently employed in Maldivian courts in addition to the 16 MPs of the current parliament.