Prosecutor general questions timing of MMPRC audit report release

Prosecutor General (PG) Muhthaz Muhsin has questioned the timing of the Auditor General’s Office’s release of a special audit report of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Company (MMPRC) implicating Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb in corrupt transactions worth US$6 million.

Muhsin told Sun Online yesterday that the report’s release on the same day (Thursday, October 30) that President Abdulla Yameen ratified amendments to the Audit Act that could see Auditor General Niyaz Ibrahim replaced was questionable.

The timing of the report’s release would create doubts and questions among the public, Muhsin said.

“I am not questioning the status of his post,” he added.

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) meanwhile issued a press release on Thursday contending that the report was politically motivated, “baseless” and intended to defame Adeeb – also the party’s deputy leader.

The ruling party condemned Auditor General Niyaz Ibrahim for basing the report on “falsehoods”.

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has meanwhile called on the PG to prosecute the tourism minister for corruption and abuse of office.