Gayoom's son says graft inquiry a deflection ploy

Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's son Ghassan Maumoon labelled the ongoing graft inquiry as a politically designed ploy to divert public attention from "recent political developments."

Ghassan now a lawmaker was summoned and questioned by police late Monday over the largest tourism scandal in the archipelago's history.

Speaking to reporters outside the police headquarters, Gayoom's youngest son said he was brought in for questioning to distract the public from the pressure the government is currently under, hinting at the controversial MDN report.

Ghassan assured that he has not done anything to let down the people.

"I take this opportunity to tell assure the people that I haven't done anything to disappoint them," Ghassan said flanked by his elder brother Faris Maumoon.

The brothers have been on opposing sides since their father fell out with uncle and former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Ghassan who was a state minister in his uncle's government chose to remain, even after his father and brother were jailed - accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

While Ghassan was taken in for questioning over the MMPRC scandal, police had revealed that 16 members of the current parliament are implicated in the graft. Ghassan was one of several named in the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) report as a potential beneficiary of the scandal while he was also implicated in Al Jazeera's investigation titled "Stealing Paradise".