Interpol red notice issued for suspect in counterfeit TT scam

Hussain Shifau, Ma. Honeysuckle-1, K. Male'.

An Interpol red notice has been issued for Hussain Shifau, Ma. Honeysuckle, who has been pressed multiple charges for importing goods using fake Telegraphic Transfers (TTs).

Shifau, who had also been wanted by police for stealing money from people under the pretense of selling US dollars back in 2021, was arrested by police in the TT scam case on April 28.

However, the Criminal Court ordered his release, citing that he posed no danger to the public, on May 27.

The PGO appealed his release with the High Court the same day.

The High Court said Monday that when asked to clarify his whereabouts, the PGO informed the court Shifau left Maldives on May 29, and hasn’t returned since.

The court has dismissed the appeal, instructing the PGO to resubmit the case after finding out his current whereabouts.

The PGO filed 23 charges against Shifau with the Criminal Court in April, including nine counts of sharing forged documents, seven counts of fraud, and seven counts of money laundering.

He faces a minimum sentence of 32 years in prison if found guilty of the charges.