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Ex-MMPRC boss not questioned over fresh graft charges, says lawyer

Abdullah Ziyath faces more than 30 counts of corruption charges for misappropriating US$44 million (MVR721 million) by leasing islands and lagoons owned by the state.

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Ex-tourism boss in not guilty plea to 30 corruption charges

Abdulla Ziyath, who managed the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, is accused of misappropriating US$44 million (MVR721 million) by leasing islands and lagoons owned by the state.

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Ziyath pleads not guilty to 15 counts of corruption

Abullah Ziyath, who managed the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, is accused of misappropriating US$23 million (MVR357 million) by leasing 13 uninhabited islands and two lagoons owned by the state.

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Former MMPRC chief faces new corruption charges

The ACC has asked the chief prosecutor to press corruption charges and initiate legal proceedings against Abdulla Ziyath to seize a plot of land he bought from public funds embezzled from MMPRC

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Judge enters not guilty plea on Adeeb’s behalf in graft trial

The criminal court today entered guilty pleas on behalf of the defendants after they refused to respond to charges due to the court’s alleged refusal to provide them with case documents.

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Adeeb oversaw theft of US$5m resort lease payment, contends prosecution

The embezzlement of US$5 million paid for leasing the island of Mabinhura in Lhaviyani atoll was carried out on the instructions of detained former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, state prosecutors told the criminal court today.

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Omnia paid £200,000 by company implicated in Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal

Omnia Strategy, a legal consultancy firm chaired by Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, was paid more than £200,000 by a company implicated in the Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal, The Daily Mail has revealed.

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US$79m embezzled in Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal

A staggering US$79 million from the Maldives tourism promotion company was siphoned off into the bank accounts of former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s associates, including US$65 million collected as acquisition costs from leasing islands, lagoons, and plots of land for tourism.

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Court prepares to hear second count of graft against Adeeb

The criminal court summoned today former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb and two of his associates for a preliminary hearing on a second count of corruption involving the misappropriation of US$5million from a resort lease.

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Ex-tourism official pleads not guilty to graft charges

Ziyath is accused of embezzling of acquisition fees paid by a foreign company for the 50-year lease of a lagoon in Malé atoll. He reportedly admitted to receiving a cheque for US$1 million from a company called Ebony Pvt Ltd, but denied embezzling the funds.

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Adeeb pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb pleaded not guilty today at the second hearing of his trial on charges of abuse of authority over millions missing from resort lease payments.

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Ministers questioned over tourism corruption scandal

The anti-corruption watchdog has questioned Attorney General Mohamed Anil and Fisheries Minister Mohamed Shainee over missing funds from several islands leased for resort development by the government-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

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Concern over prolonged remand for boat blast suspects

The criminal court has been periodically extending the remand detention of several boat blast suspects. Most of them, including Ahmed Ashraf and Hamid Ismail, are now detained on charges that are not related to the blast.

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Second hearing in top tourism official’s graft charges postponed

A second hearing in graft charges against Abdulla Ziyath, a tourism official and close associate of former vice president Ahmed Adeeb, was cancelled today because the presiding judge is on leave.

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Former Vice President, top tourism official face fresh corruption charges

The Prosecutor General’s office has meanwhile filed money laundering charges against Hamid Ismail – an influential businessman related to detained former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb – at the criminal court this morning. According to the police, acquisition fees paid to the government’s tourism promotion company for a resort lease were deposited into the accounts of a company linked to Hamid, instead of the state treasury.

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Adeeb faces fresh charges over missing funds from 17 resort leases

The police have also forwarded money laundering charges against Hamid Ismail, an influential businessman related to Adeeb. According to the police, acquisition fees paid to the MMPRC for a resort lease was deposited into the accounts of a company linked to Hamid, instead of the state treasury.

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Ex vice president, top tourism official charged with corruption

Adeeb is accused of abuse of power over the lease of a lagoon in Malé atoll to a foreign company. His associate, Abdulla Ziyath, former head of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), has been charged with embezzling acquisition fees from islands leased for resort development.

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