Never been involved in corruption and betrayed the people: AG

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath | Photo: Raajje MV

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath has said that he has never betrayed the people for the sake of money in his life.

The no-confidence motion against the Attorney General was scheduled for today’s session annd AG Riffath also responded in defense in the case.

The opposition has been accusing the government officials of taking bribes in the case, and Riffath has responded to the allegations.

Riffath said the Mauritian government had not awarded him any gold medal or title. There will be no escrow account opened to deposit dollars, he said.

“I can assure the people that I have never been involved in money and betrayed the people in my entire life,” he said.

He also responded to allegations that part of the sea area was lost because of the President’s letter.

Riffath said it was a lie to say that the Maldivian government had changed its side on the issue of the southern EEZ connecting the letter. The letter has nothing to do with the subject of the Southern EEZ issue, he said.

Opposition members decided to take a no-confidence vote against AG, claiming he has failed his duties in protecting Maldivian sea in the Chagos dispute.

ITLOS supported the Maldives while concluding the dispute between the Maldives and Mauritius on the overlapping maritime boundary issue. The verdict favored the Maldives in its claim, according 47,232 sq kilometres – the larger portion of the overlapping area- to the Maldives.

However, with the ITLOS decision on the delimitation of the disputed portion of the sea between Maldives and Chagos Archipelago, it has denied Maldives the chance to gain the continental shelf it sought at the UN in 2010.