The State has lifted its suspension on Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof and Minister of State for National Planning and Infrastructure, Akram Kamaaluddin, clearing them of wrongdoing regarding the dollar transfer made to their bank accounts from SOF Private Limited - the company embroiled in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement and money laundering case.
ACC, in its investigative report on the MMPRC case, flagged all bank deposits and bank transfers made from SOF Private Limited.
The list includes a transfer of USD 33,000 (MVR 508,860) from SOF Private Limited to then-lawmaker Mahloof’s account, and a transfer of USD 30,000 (MVR 462,600) from SOF Private Limited to Akram.
President’s Spokesperson, Ibrahim Hood initially confirmed only the decision to lift the suspension on Mahloof, but later confirmed that the State lifted the suspension on both Mahloof and Akram this Tuesday.
ACC’s investigative report of the MMPRC case was publicly released on February 14, and Mahloof and Akram were placed on suspension the very same day.
ACC had cleared Mahloof and ruled his transaction with SOF Private Limited as a legitimate business transaction on March 14. And the President’s Office had previously announced a decision regarding lifting the suspension on him would be made after Maldives Police Service completes its own probe into the transaction.
When asked whether the State lifted the suspension on Mahloof after both the ACC and the MPS cleared him of wrongdoing, Hood replied that he wasn’t privy to the MPS’s investigation into the case, but that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the decision to lift the suspension based on certain assurances as to Mahloof’s innocence.
“ACC has cleared him. The President made his decision based on all this,” said Hood.
“I am not privy to details regarding the investigation. But it is based on certain assurances,” he added.
Mahloof, in a tweet this Tuesday thanking the President for his decision to lift the suspension on him, said that the decision was made based on the assurance of both the ACC and MPS that he was innocent of any wrongdoing.
ACC/Police inn evves massalaeh neiykan yageen kurevvumahfahu, alhugandah ithubaaru kuravvaa alun rasmee masahakathah neredhevvi kamahtakai Raees @ibusolih shukuru dhannavan.— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) April 16, 2019
Thedhuveri kamaaieku masahkathuga dhemihunnaanan.
Ithubaaru kurevvi emmebeyfulhunnah shukuriyya. ????????