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Maldives listed among ‘highly corrupt countries’

The Corruption Perception Index scores and ranks countries by their perceived level of public sector corruption using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

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US$875m lost or stolen from state coffers says Maldives

The Maldives declares that more than MVR13billion (US$875 million) has been lost or stolen from state coffers since 1999, as it announces efforts to recover assets lost in high-profile corruption case from former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s era.

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Maldives anti-corruption watchdog assessed

Only one corruption-related case reached conviction between 2010 and 2014 despite 175 cases being submitted for prosecution by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Anti-corruption watchdog seeks charges against ex-STELCO chief

The Anti-Corruption Commission sought charges against Abdul Shukoor, STELCO’s former managing director, and Mohamed Saleem, head of the finance department, over an MVR3 million (US$194,550) advance payment made to a private company that was not licensed for currency exchange

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No corruption in use of state resources for rally marking Yameen’s third year in office

The ACC declared legal expenses from the state budget and forced attendance for civil servants because the rally was organised by the government and not the ruling party.

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Yameen condemned for linking corruption to human nature

“A quality in human nature will remain among Maldivians as well,” the president had said of corruption

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Tourism firms win legal bids to recover property despite evidence of graft

Two companies involved in the MMPRC scandal have won legal bids to recover an island and a lagoon seized by the Maldivian authorities after an audit report revealed that the state did not receive acquisition fees.

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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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Anti-graft watchdog prompts criticism for ruling out corruption in biggest ever property deal

The anti-graft watchdog has come under fire for declaring legal the government’s choice of a contractor to build a new wing for Malé’s public hospital, a project worth MVR2.1billion (US$140million)

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Transparency calls for ‘broad investigation’ after corruption exposé

Anti-corruption NGO Transparency Maldives has called for a broad and independent investigation into allegations raised in an Al Jazeera exposé about systemic corruption, abuse of power and criminal activity at the highest level of government.

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‘Let me know if you need a lawyer’

Omkar Khandekar recounts the police raid on the Maldives Independent’s office in the wake of the much-anticipated release of Al Jazeera’s corruption exposé Stealing Paradise.

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Al Jazeera corruption exposé dismissed as ‘defamatory and biased’

The government has dismissed an explosive Al Jazeera corruption exposé aired on Wednesday as defamatory and biased, accusing the Qatari broadcaster of advancing the opposition’s agenda to oust President Abdulla Yameen.

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PPM MP threatens to sue Al-Jazeera over corruption expose

A ruling party MP threatened to sue al-Jazeera last night over an upcoming documentary about alleged corruption and abuse of power by President Abdulla Yameen that has put the government on the defensive.

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Translation: Gayoom’s statement on PPM reform agenda

In a televised statement Thursday night, Gayoom accused PPM MPs of defying his instructions, working against the party’s founding principles, and facilitating corruption. The PPM leader also suggested that council members asked him to grant the party’s presidential ticket to Yameen under duress.

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Ex-vice president convicted of graft

The Maldives’ former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has been convicted of graft and handed an eight-year prison sentence for the theft of US$5million from the lease of an island for tourism.

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Democracy or money? Excerpts from Yameen’s May 2 speech

Here are excerpts from Yameen’s May 2 speech in which he speaks at length on his views of democracy, criticises persisting international pressure and opposition’s lobby efforts for sanctions.

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Telecoms regulator won’t reveal reason for unprecedented block on news site

The telecoms regulator blocked Thursday a regional news website on unspecified grounds, but the paper says the ban was prompted by an article linking the first lady to corruption.

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