Committee votes in favor of Qasim for NIC

Qasim Abdul Kareem being taken to Dhoonidhoo Custodial after a remand hearing. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee has voted in favor of appointing Qasim Abdul Kareem – the former Bank of Maldives (BML) F. Nilandhoo branch manager who blew the whistle on the MMPRC graft scandal – to National Integrity Commission (NIC).

Qasim was nominated for NIC to fill the vacancy left with the dismissal of NIC’s president Ahmed Sulaiman back in August.

The Independent Institutions Committee voted in favor of appointing Qasim to the NIC after vetting on Wednesday, October 14.

He won the backing of the committee with a majority vote of 10 out of 11 members.

After he blew the whistle on the MMPRC scandal, Qasim was sentenced to eight months and 12 days in prison for release of confidential information regarding a customer in violation of BML’s whistleblowing policy. He was released from prison on November 17, 2016.

He currently serves as Maldives Center for Islamic Finance Limited (MCIF)’s chairman.