Centre Enterprises ordered to pay MVR8.3million to customs

The Civil Court has ruled that Centre Enterprises pay a fine of MVR8.3million (US$538,000) to the Maldives Customs Services for fraudulent activities when importing a crane to the country in 2009, Sun Online has reported.

The fine was levied after forged documents altered the price of the crane when being imported.

The court found that the company had failed to pay the fine, despite being reminded on three separate occasions.

Former principal collector of customs and former Chief Spokesperson of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), Ibrahim Shafiu, was arrested in relation to these charges upon his return to the country in April

It ruled that the payment should now be made within one month.