President Abdulla Yameen has appointed his younger brother Abdulla Algeen Abdul Gayoom deputy controller at the department of immigration and emigration.
According to local media, Algeen assumed the responsibilities of the post yesterday.
In August 2012, Algeen was acquitted of corruption charges more than three years after his trial began.
Algeen was accused of embezzling US$177,460 of Japanese funding from the Department of Meteorology (DOM), where he was the director during former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s administration.
Algeen allegedly sent three separate invoices to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) between May 2006 and April 2007 on behalf of DOM.
All three invoices demanded payment to Algeen’s personal Bank of Maldives account.
However, in the not guilty verdict (Dhivehi), Judge Abdulla Didi determined that the state could not prove the money in question was owed by JAMSTEC to the government.