A year after an official audit report exposed a USD 79 million corruption scandal in Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has apologised to the people of his country adding that he has now placed necessary mechanisms to avoid such scams.
During his visit to the Fuvahmulah city on Monday night, Gayoom said: “Tonight I want to apologise because the MMPRC (Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation) scandal transpired in this regime."
Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, leader of the Maldives United Opposition (MUO) and the first vice president under the Yameen government, however, questioned the sincerity of his apology, saying: "If Yameen is sincere, he would resign and face the the investigation, else people will not accept his apology."
Maldives Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had questioned Yameen over the transfer of funds, amounting to USD 1 million, to his personal account in Islamic Bank of the Maldives.
Last year, an official audit report had revealed the USD 79 million corruption scandal in the state tourism promotion company, MMPRC, that involving President Yameen.
Maldives Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had questioned Yameen over the transfer of funds, amounting to USD 1 million, to his personal account in Islamic Bank of the Maldives. However, he denied any knowledge of such a transfer happening.
Meanwhile, a recent documentary by Al Jazeera’s award-winning investigative unit also claimed to expose $1.5 billion embezzlement in the Maldives. Stealing Paradise, the documentary, alleged that the President, apart from other government officials, were also involved in the scandal. President Yameen has been accused of "receiving cash bags having $1 million". But the Maldivian government has dismissed the allegations insisting that Al Jazeera has failed to provide any evidence to substantiate the claims against President Yameen.