Faris Maumoon questioned by anti-graft watchdog

March 15 10:26 2017

The Anti-Corruption Commission summoned MP Faris Maumoon for questioning on Tuesday afternoon, drawing accusations of intimidation and harassment ahead of the upcoming no-confidence vote against the speaker of parliament.

Questioning the watchdog’s timing and motivation, Faris told reporters outside the ACC office that the summons was a sign that the no-confidence motion will pass.

“I was not summoned in connection with an investigation into allegations made against me. I don’t know of any allegations against me by an institution,” he said, declining to disclose the complaint that the anti-graft watchdog is investigating.

According to local media, Faris was questioned over an audit report released in 2008 about the misuse of funds at the former presidential palace during the final years of his father’s 30-year reign.

Shortly after the rift between former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and President Abdulla Yameen became public in mid-2016, ACC President Hassan Luthfy had told state media that the commission was planning to question the former president over the presidential palace audit.

But other members of the commission subsequently told newspaper Mihaaru that the ACC was not looking into allegations against Gayoom.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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