Guraidhoo MP Ghassan Maumoon was accompanied by his brother Farish Maumoon when he was summoned to the Police regarding the MMPRC scandal last night. A picture not seen recently of the two brothers who have a famous difference of opinion in politics was renewed last night as Faarish waited patiently for his brother at the Police headquarters last night.
The brothers split after a political situation in former President Yameen’s administration that saw Ghassan side with uncle President Yameen and Faarish remain on the side of his father and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Ghassan remained on the side of President Yameen when his brother Faarish was jailed during the former administration. Ghassan did not fight in the defense of his brother and remained silent during the whole case. Ghassan also remained on President Yameen’s side during the last parliamentary election that saw him win the Guraidhoo election without the support of his politically influential father and brother.
Ghassan and Farish reunited?
However, that picture of the split between the two brothers was shifted as Faarish accompanied his brother Ghassan to the Police last night and remained by his side when Ghassan spoke with reporters afterward.
Ghassan has previously rejected claims that ties between him and his well-known family had soured due to the political upheaval. No word has been available from Ghassan or Faarish regarding their apparant reunion last night so far.
Politically motivated stunt to deviate from MDN
Opposition PPM to which Ghassan belongs defended him and described the summons by Police as a political stunt to deviate and distract from the controversial MDN report.
“I met with Ghassan and he told me that this was to deviate and distract from the MDN issue.” Naifaru MP and Vice President of PPM Ahmed Shiyam commented last night. However, Shiyam admitted that he was not aware of the line of questioning taken by Police during the interview with Ghassan.
“Sun” has learned that Ghassan was summoned for questioning in the MVR 3.3 billion scandals of MMPRC currently under investigation by State Asset Recovery Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, and Police. There are unanswered allegations that Ghassan also received payments from the scandal. Police divulged that more than 200 individuals received payments from one of the biggest scandals in the history of the country.
Police also stated that 16 current MPs and 44 former MPs received payments from the scandal and seven current government officials and 30 former officials were also implicated in a news conference on Thursday.