The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating allegations that over Rf50,000 (US$3,200) of state funds was spent on plane tickets for Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed’s official visit to China in December last year.
Haveeru reported that according to the person who filed the complaint, Hameed also visited Sri Lanka and Malaysia both before and after his trip to China to attend a conference by the International Council of Jurists.
While there are currently flights between Male’ and Beijing, a return ticket costs Rf16,686 (US$1,080).
Last week, a similar complaint was lodged at the ACC alleging that Supreme Court Justice Abdulla Saeed visited his native Addu City on an official visit during a four-day government holiday for Eid.
The Supreme Court meanwhile informed Haveeru that the Finance Ministry approved expenses for the trip after the Supreme Court Justice was invited to participate in the conference.