Journalist warned of defamation charges over MMPRC corruption inquiry

The press conference held by PPM/MDA joint parliamentary group. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s parliamentary group leader Ahmed Nihan on Saturday warned charges of defamation against a journalist of local television channel Raajje TV over a question he put forward regarding the corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

The MMPRC corruption case had involved the embezzlement of MVR 1.2 billion worth of state funds, received as acquisition costs via island leases for resort development, through the corporation.

Speaking at a press conference held Saturday by ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and government coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)’s joint parliamentary group, Raajje’s TV Azmoon Ahmed had said in his inquiry that there are talks that the islands were leased to all lawmakers except a certain few of PPM, saying that the islands being leased to members was the main obligatory reason for lawmakers to stand behind President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

In response to Azmoon’s inquiry, Villimale MP Nihan warned that should his inquiry be false, he should “be prepared to face the Defamation Act”. Nihan said that was also the answer to Azmoon’s question.

“I’m certain we would have to go to that extent in this issue. I’m saying this as I have no doubt that there weren’t any islands or resorts given to any of us except to those involved in business,” said Nihan.

“We will meet on this case again in the courtroom.”

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