Male’, Maldives – The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) forwarded a case involving money laundering allegations brought up against the now-suspended Managing Director of Maldive Gas Private Limited Shazail Shiyam to the Maldives Police Service.
Shazail was placed under suspension by the President’s Office on October 2019, after receiving several serious complaints that seem to fall under the administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance to Corruption’ policy.
Speaking to local media outlet Mihaaru, Spokesperson of ACC Hassan Manik stated that although the bribery charges against Shazail could not be proven, money laundering activities flagged during the earlier investigation were conveyed to the police for further inquiry. At present, the commission does not have the jurisdiction to investigate cases involving alleged money laundering.
Parliamentary Committee on State-Owned Enterprises have also conducted an investigation of the charges against Shazail. In addition to the concerns pertaining to the managing director, ACC also highlighted and launched investigations into three issues in which corruption is suspected.
This includes the suspicious transfer of money into the account of an employee, allegations of corruption during repair work carried out by Maldive Gas and allegations of corruption during the hiring process of an employee.