REPORT EXPOSES MALDIVES ‘ORGY OF CORRUPTION’ AHEAD OF ELECTION

Al Jazeera on 18th September reported that research shows at least 50 tropical island leases were obtained by tourism companies without public tender.  The President, hoping for a further term, intervened to help clear at least 24 deals to lease islands to tourism companies, the report says.  President Yameen has faced corruption allegations since 2016.  His presidency has been marked by efforts to crush dissent, imposing a 45-day state of emergency and jailing or forcing into exile many political opponents.  Former tourism minister and vice president, Ahmed Adeeb, was at the centre of the scandal from 2012 but he was arrested in late 2015, he was later convicted of a plot to assassinate President Yameen and of corruption linked to the island lease schemes.  His friend and co-conspirator, Abdulla Ziyath, was also jailed for his role in the corruption and is serving 8 years.  They had solicited bribes and embezzling payments.  However, the report says that current and former government officials have told OCCRP that President Yameen was central to the operation of the scam.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/report-exposes-maldives-orgy-corruption-election-180917121608752.html?src=ilaw

See the OCCRP report at –

https://www.occrp.org/en/paradiseleased/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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