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Abuse of power cases abound at Maldives graft watchdog

Members of the Anti-Corruption Commission. PHOTO/MIHAARU

The Maldives graft watchdog stated that most of the cases it probed within the first quarter of 2017 involved abuse of power to provide illicit favours.

Statistics show that 185 out of 299 cases investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) within the first three months of this year regarded misuse of power and position to provide unlawful favours for third parties. These were followed by cases of constitutional violations, and abuse of power for personal gain.

According to statistics, only three cases were forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office to press charges. The rest were closed as acquittals.

The number of cases closed within the first three months of this year are a 40 percent increase from the amount closed within the same period in 2016. ACC had closed 213 cases last year out of which only two were forwarded to the PG.

ACC added that, despite forwarding only three cases to the PG’s Office so far this year, the commission has ordered improvements and amendments to some state institutions in connection with 37 of the cases.

Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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