MVR 10 million to be seized from drug related cases

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Prosecutor General of Maldives, Hussain Shameem informed today that the PGO has requested to confiscate & recover MVR 10,011,889.20 in drug related cases that were recorded in 2020.

PG Shameem tweeted that while drug related cases are still pending for last year, PGO has requested to confiscate and recover over MVR 10 million from those cases due to a change in their policy. According to PG Shameem this amount was at 0 in the year 2019.

On tackling drug problem, this year, we shifted our policy to go hard after the money.

Prosecutor General, Hussain Shameem

Along with this, PG Shameem also stated that they have requested to confiscate & recover MVR 70,740,291.00, a luxury apartment and a Rolex Watch on 26 money laundering cases as well.

In March 2021, the Prosecutor General’s office said that they have started charging those using drug money with money laundering charges under the Preventing Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Act.

According to part (c), section 7 of the Act, money laundering charges may be raised in drug trafficking cases and would apply to those accused of trafficking drugs, their spouses and relatives who partake in handling the money.