Ventilator corruption case: Nasheed urges for a quick verdict

Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed | Photo: Majlis

Male’, Maldives – Former President and current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has expressed his concern as those involved in the ventilator corruption case have yet to be convicted.

It’s very clear that theft has occurred in the ventilator case, it is alarming that it’s taking so long for convictions.

Nasheed said.

75 ventilators brought in by the Maldivian Health Ministry for their Covid-19 response plan have been surrounded with much controversy. Following a joint investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and Maldives Police Service, it was revealed that former Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen and 11 employees of the ministry were involved with the expenditure of over MVR 30 million in violation of the Public Finance Act.

During Tuesday’s Parliamentary meeting, Nasheed revealed that Proesuctor General Hussain Shameem stated during a Parliamentary Judiciary Committee that the conviction on the ventilator case would be carried out after a certain report from the ACC is received.

Nasheed added that while conviction decisions are made the PG’s office, it is alarming to see certain convictions being handed out to certain individuals .

Nasheed, who has previously said that the Parliament will be observing the case until a verdict is reached said that the late prosecution is a cause for concern to Parliament, and that the PG’s office should be aware of this fact.