Final report being prepared by asset recovery commission

The Asset Recovery Commission formed by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on the first day of administration is in the process of concluding its final report, President Solih has revealed.

The purpose of establishing the Presidential Commission on Corruption and State Asset Recovery was to recuperate the lost asset of the State from 1st January 2012 till 17th November 2018 and to ensure that all responsible authorities carry out their legal duties in investigating the corruption and abuse of power within State institutions. The most important work of the commission is to unravel the details of the MMPRC corruption, in which millions in state funds were embezzled during former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom's administration.

Delivering the presidential address at the Parliament on Monday, President Solih said the final report by the commission is now being prepared and that necessary action will be duly taken once the report is received by the president.

Based on the finding of the investigation carried out by the presidential commission, several corruption and money laundering charges have been raised against former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor.

In his address, the president also updated the parliament on the investigations being carried out by the Presidential Commission Investigating Murders and Enforced Disappearances.

The president said the commission currently in the process of wrapping up its final reports on the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed and disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla. Concurrently, it has successfully concluded investigations into the murder of MP Dr Afrasheem Ali and custodial death of Hassan Zareer; it is now in the process of sending the cases for prosecution, said the president.

The report prepared by the presidential commission on the murder of MP Afrasheem was publicized by the commission last year. Although the publicized report was not the final report on the case, it explained what had happened to Rilwan. However, no person was charged based on the findings of the report.