MMPRC Corruption: Sports Minister Mahloof pledges to resign if prosecuted

Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment has said that he will not stay one day on the job if prosecuted.

While information that was previously leaked reveals that Minister Mahloof recieved USD 33,000 from the MMPRC scandal, he had earlier denied of wrongdoings and stated that it was money taken to purchase dollar and that he was not aware that the money was part of the corruption. Mahloof was suspended previously regarding this, however, once he was cleared, he returned to his position.

Mahloof said in a Facebook post that a large number of people have been defamed due to having their names on a politically motivated list although they were not directly linked to the corruption itself,

Mahloof stated that he was among the firsts to call on to investigate the MMPRC matter and that he is not involved in this corruption activity.

While Minister Mahloof has been confirmed to be included in the list of those involved in the MMPRC scandal, the Joint Committee report made in collaboration with the National Security Services committee (commonly known as 241 committee) and Judiciary committee regarding the major MMPRC corruption case has been passed to terminate the employees who are working in state positions if they are accused of being a part of the MMPRC corruption.

Some of the things presented by the Committee includes of a request to the Asset Recovery Commission to fasten the work as some of the people who are being accused of this scandal are considered to be influential people. Along with this, the Committee also urged the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) members and professional equipment to investigate the matter.

Documents revealed by the parliament regarding the Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case investigation has revealed that Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leaders have been implicated in the case along with opposition.

The list had names of people suspected of benefiting from the largest corruption scandal in the country and that people who used to work and some who are still working in the security forces, judiciary, independent institutions and as parliamentarians were implicated in the scandal. 

It also revealed that people who stole over USD 70 million from the country held or are still holding government positions such as state ministers and ministers have also been implicated from the list sent by Corruption and Asset Recovery Commission to the parliament.