Authorities launch search operation related to MMPRC graft

An operation has been launched in connection to the Maldives Marketing PR Corporation (MMPRC) graft that occurred during the tenure of former President Yameen Abdul Qayyoom, in which millions in state funds were embezzled.

Police on Wednesday said a search operation had been launched in connection to the MMPRC graft. The operation is conducted jointly by police, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Presidential Commission on State Asset Recovery and Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA). Four locations of the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale’ are being searched in the operation. ACC will reveal further details of the operation, said police.

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem has said on a previous occasion that political leaders from various parties are involved in the graft. PG Shameem said there are 260 politicians in the list of suspects, including high profile politicians from multiple parties. He noted that most are people who belong to the two main parties, Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) and Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM).

Some of the suspects were involved in binding dealings and others are linked to fraudulent transactions of a particular company. Thus, work is ongoing to clarify those who were voluntarily involved in the corruption among the list of the suspects.

“Our work is to clarify the list of suspects. Identify the people who made lawful dealings, those who were involved in illegal dealings, and source of the money. After clarifying these matters, we can conclude the case,” said PG Shameem.