The suspension of youth minister Ahmed Mahloof and planning ministry’s state minister Akram Kamaaluddin, over the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case, have been lifted.
After the lifting of the suspension, minister Mahloof attended the cabinet meeting held at the President’s Office on Tuesday.
A detailed report released by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on February 14 stated that USD 33,000 was transferred to minister Mahloof’s personal account by Scores of Flair (SOF), the private company via which millions of dollars were funneled out in MMPRC’s embezzlement scandal.
However, minister Mahloof said that the stated amount transferred to his account was a legitimate transaction and that he was not aware that it was taken from MMPRC.
Explaining the deposited amount, minister Mahloof said that no illegal dealings had been made between him and SOF. He added that the funds he received from them were part of an investment in a family business going by the name ‘The Jeans’.
Upon resuming official duties, minister Mahloof tweeted that he would continue to carry out his duties faithfully and thanked President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for trusting him and clearing his name through the police and ACC.
During his suspension, youth ministry was temporarily headed by tourism minister Ali Waheed. Meanwhile minister Mahloof had repeatedly denied the allegations against him and assured that he not committed any such crimes.
The ACC report also stated that USD 30,000 was deposited in minister Akram’s account by SOF in relation to MMPRC's embezzlement case. While minister Akram has been exonerated from the charge, he had not made any comments regarding the case on any social media platforms.
Four individuals including minister Mahloof and minister Akram were suspended in relation to the case. The two still under suspension are Maldives Water and Sewerage company (MWSC)’s Chairman Ahmed Mausoom and Island Aviation Services (IAS)’s board member Abdulla Azim.