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Maldives Opposition MPs fail to back up corruption allegations

 

Two outgoing opposition lawmakers admitted to lying about President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih receiving stolen money, the Anti-Corruption Commission said Saturday.MP Ali Arif alleged at a press conference in February that the president accepted MVR32 million (US$2 million) stolen from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation during the previous administration. MP Abdul Raheem claimed to have a list of ruling Maldivian Democratic Party members who were among the beneficiaries of the country’s biggest corruption scandal.But the pair denied any knowledge of the MMPRC scandal when they were brought in for questioning, the anti-corruption watchdog said in a statement.Neither were able to substantiate the claims. They admitted to lying during the press conference but sought to justify the claims as political rhetoric, the ACC said............

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