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Ahmed Mahloof

52 Days Suspended with Pay, Minister Mahloof Yet to be Prosecuted

Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ahmed Mahloof has been relieved of his responsibilities for 52 days following the request for the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to charge the minister for his involvement in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) requested the PGO to prosecute Mahloof on suspicion of receiving money from the corruption. Amidst accusations of his involvement in the scandal, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on June 9 suspended Minister Mahloof.
The PGO requested ACC to rectify some administrative issues in their request for prosecution. The case was then revised and resubmitted on June 28.
In response to a question from Dhiyares, a PGO official stated that there have been no new discoveries in the case against Mahloof. The Office on June 29 claimed that they had yet to make a decision on whether to prosecute or not, as research is still on going.
Spokesperson for the President's Office Mabrook Azeez informed Dhiyares today that although Mahloof has been relinquished of his responsibilities, he is still entitled to the privileges, salary and benefits of a minister. As previously stated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, appropriate action will be taken against the minister once he is charged.
The Youth Minister claimed that the accusations against him in the MMPRC scandal are politcally influenced, and that that he is being used as a political scapegoat.