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MMA Governor Naseer under investigation for obstruction

Maldives Police Service has launched an investigation into a possible act of obstruction of official duty by Governor of Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), Ahmed Naseer.

Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police, Izmiya Zahir has provided confirmation of the investigation.

‘Sun’ has been informed the complaint was lodged by Abdulla Ashraf, former Head of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of MMA. He lodged the complaint alleging the Governor obstructed him from carrying out his official legal duties.

FIU is an independent unit within the MMA which is charged with flagging suspicious transactions involving money laundering and terrorism funding and bringing such cases to the attention of investigative authorities.

Ashraf has also lodged the case against the Governor with the Board of Directors of MMA and the Public Finance Committee of the Parliament.

Governor Naseer was not immediately available for comment regarding the investigation despite repeated calls by ‘Sun’.

Ashraf was questioned by the Public Finance Committee regarding the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case this Tuesday afternoon.

Governor Naseer and another former Head of FIU – Ibrahim Athif Shakoor are scheduled for questioning by the committee regarding the same case later this Tuesday.

Press has been barred from the Public Finance Committee meetings this Tuesday due to the sensitivity of the information under discussion.

Obstruction of a legal duty is ranked Level I under Section 533 of the Penal Code.

The mandatory minimum sentence for the offence is four months and 24 days in prison. But the Governor may face up to one year in prison if found guilty of the offence.

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