Prosecutor General Hussain Shameen has stated that an internal inquiry is ongoing to check if there was any involvement of the Prosecutor General Office (PGO) in the corruption case involving Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC).
Cases were filed against former president Yameen Abdul Qayyoom, former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb, and MMPRC’s former Managing Director Abdulla Ziyath, over the major corruption case in which millions in state funds were embezzled. However, only former president Yameen is behind bars.
Speaking at a local TV channel Rajje TV’s talk show programme, “Fala Suruhee” PG Shameem said the prime suspects of the case are Yameen, Adheeb, and Ziyath, who played a leading role in the corruption. He added that various other government officials are also suspected to be involved in the case. While it is possible that PGO staff may have also been involved, a three-person committee is being formed to carry out an internal inquiry, said PG Shameem.
Shameem also responded to the allegations that were targeted at him as he worked as an attorney for former VP Ahmed Adeeb in the pasr. Shameen clarified that he worked as an attorney for Adheeb on another case before the MMPRC corruption case surfaced. The PG said he represented . Adheeb in 2015 when he was suspected of blowing up the presidential speed boat 'Finifenmaa'. He has not worked as an attorney since late 2015, said Shameem.
PG Shameem said there are 260 politicians in the list of suspects involved in the case of MMPRC corruption, including people from various parties. He noted that most of them are people who belong to the two main parties, Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) and Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM).
PG Shameem said if anyone is found guilty, cases will be filed against them in the courts, irrespective of the party they belong to.