Parliamentary Group leader of the coalition parties and Jumhooree Party (JP) Abdulla Riyaz says the report publicized by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) regarding the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case is unacceptable.
Riyaz said this in response to a question posed by VNews, regarding the work done by the Parliament to investigate the report released by ACC.
The report exceeding 700 pages revealed the illegally leased islands, the entities to which these islands were leased, what happened to the acquisition cost and the accounts to which the funds were deposited.
According to the report, a staggering USD 77.5 million were embezzled, out of which USD 12.5 were received by MMPRC, though large fractions of this amount were given to private companies; SOF and Millennium Capital. The audit report by the Auditor General also highlighted that these two companies were used to deposit money in the MMPRC embezzlement scandal.
Riyaz said the matter will be submitted to the Independent Institutions Committee at parliament, where it will be discussed with PG leaders of all parties. Noting that the MMPRC scandal case was submitted to the committee prior to the release of the report, Riyaz said the report released by ACC cannot be accepted as a ‘complete’ report.
He said the case has not been entirely investigated and that a complete investigation has to be carried out and adequate action has to be taken.
Riyaz said a thorough investigation has to be carried out by the “Corruption and Assets Recovery Commission” established by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Swift action needs to be taken against all politicians and parliament members involved in the MMPRC embezzlement case, he said.
Meanwhile the public had pelted ACC with criticism for the delay in publicizing a report that had been concluded three years prior. Many have also alleged that members of ACC received funds from the scandal as well, and questioned their integrity.