Male’, Maldives, – The mayoral candidate of Male’ City in the upcoming local council elections, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has been summoned to the Anti Corruptions Commission (ACC) on Tuesday.
Referring to his summoning, which the ACC has only merely revealed to be a case that is currently under investigation, Dr. Muizzu has said that this is the government’s doing, and that it is just to derange his campaign.
The government is trying to derange my campaign, by spreading baseless rumors. They will take me to ACC on 23rd of this month, to drag my name and honor through the mud.Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, Mayoral candidate of Male’ City
Dr. Muizzu has further said that he will answer all the questions accordingly. This comes as he was previously accused of giving a false statement to the authorities in connection to the Noomadi case.
The perjury charges against him came to light when the Prosecutor General’s Office revealed that Dr. Muizzu was charged with perjury following his false testimony in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on June 25, 2019, as a witness on behalf of Noomadi Resorts and Residences, against the Maldivian state.
Details of the false statement given by Dr. Muizzu were also revealed including that his statement included that Noomadi had been completing all work on schedule without fail as per the phase 1 agreement signed in 2011 and phase 2 agreement signed in 2013.
His wrongful testimony also included that he had not partaken in the negotiations to retrieve Lh. Dhiffushimaadhoo for government purposes, which had initially been given to Noomadi Resorts to construct luxury villas.
The former Minister is charged under the Article (520) section (A) and (E) of the Penal Code of Maldives and if found guilty, he could face a sentence of at least four months and 24 days.
Dr. Muizzu had also been summoned to the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament of Maldives previously regarding the same case. The committee had passed to file an official complaint against Dr. Muizzu to the police, for providing the committee with false testimonies, and was summoned to the police with regards to the complaint twice.
Noomadi filed a case in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, claiming USD155 million in damages and other arbitrary expenses.
The government of Maldives has since signed a settlement agreement with Noomadi, on 26th August 2019. Maldives paid USD 55 million to the company in the out of court settlement.
Dr. Muizzu denies all accusations by saying that he has never done anything to harm the government or the people of Maldives, and also said that he will not take a step back no matter the accusations and the threats he gets.