Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom says that citizens have a right to an unredacted list of individuals implicated in the graft of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).
Speaking to Voice, an online publication, the former President said that the list is a constantly changing one, designed to fit the situation the government required. He added that this was not just a sentiment from the opposition but rather a statement made during Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Chairperson election.
“Why is the full list of MMPRC still hidden from public? Every time, we get a different version of the list, it’s constantly changing. They were talking about how much this is distorted in MDP Chairperson elections, weren’t they?” the former President asked.
He said that the MDP Chairperson, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail had claimed that the list that was presently being circulated had conveniently dropped some names.
President Yameen also asserted that this administration would find it very difficult to published an unredacted list, adding that President Solih himself is incriminated in the case. By the very nature of President Solih’s current position, he added that Police and Prosecutor General had failed to conduct a thorough investigation.
Noting that the state’s allegations against him posed difficulties to him but stressed that if there was a suspicion the state was well within their right to investigate him. He added that he would not be a bar for any investigation or a trial.
The former President also referred to MDP’s internal split and the ongoing war between former President Nasheed and President Solih. He said that it was very likely that President Nasheed could reveal an unredacted list.