Male’, Maldives – The Maldivian Parliament has appointed Gasim Abdul Kareem and three more individuals to the National Integrity Commission (NIC).
Apart from Gasim, the Committee on Independent Institutions decided to appoint Aminath Shadhiya, Aminath Shiuna, and Shuaib Abdul Rahman to the commission, with both Shadhiya and Shiuna having have received 50 votes from the members and while Shuaib received 51 votes. Gasim also received 51 votes.
Gasim formerly served as the manager of BML’s Nilandhoo branch, during which time, he exposed suspicious transactions made by SoF Pvt Ltd., which ultimately led to the unveiling of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Company (MMPRC) grand corruption scandal.
He was arrested and charged under Article 232 (Unlawful Acquisition of Information) and Section 233 (Unlawful Disclosure of Information) of the Penal Code. He was proven guilty and was jailed for 8 months and 12 days, but was then released on 17th of November 2016.
4 spots became vacant for NIC after the President of the Commission Ahmed Sulaiman was dismissed, following which, the Vice President of NIC, Hassaan Hameed along with members Ahmed Ameen and Khadheeja Abdulla also resigned. NIC comprises of five members and currently consists of recently appointed member, Colonel (Retired) Ahmed Jihad alone.