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Police decision to reveal Ali Waheed corruption probe “concerning”: ACC

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The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has alleged that a decision by police to reveal the corruption probe of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ali Waheed was an attempt to politically intimidate the parliamentarian.

Last month, the Maldives Police Service claimed that it was probing into a corruption case involving Ali Waheed – who is also the deputy parliamentary group leader of MDP – in collaboration with the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

In a press conference held on Sunday, President of the ACC Hassan Luthfee stated that the commission sought assistance from police in gathering forensic evidences while investigating several cases, but raised questions as to why the police had found the interest to speak about the case involving Ali Waheed in the media.

Luthfee added that the commission intends to look into the matter claiming that it had sought police assistance, but not specifically for Waheed’s case.

The president of ACC said that he believed that revealing of details of the case by police now posed difficulties for the investigation process.

Speaking to Minivan News, Luthfee said that a lot of people believed that the case had a political motive, and to prevent loss of public confidence in its investigation the ACC had agreed that neither police nor themselves would reveal details to media unless through a joint statement.

“Perhaps revealing the details to media could be a way [police] carries out certain investigations. Maybe that is an investigation technique, but if it is carried out with such a [political] motive, then it is very concerning,” he said.

Luthfee added that he was “shocked” to see police revealing the details in the media when the commission had only requested technical assistance from the police.

“The commission do not have the resources needed to carry out certain types of corruption investigations, including cases involving bribery. That is why we had requested assistance from the police. But before providing any assistance, they revealed it to the media. I was shocked to hear about it from the media the next morning,” he said.

Police Media Official Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef was not responding to calls at time of press.

Luthfee earlier confirmed that the commission sought technical assistance from police in investigating the case concerning the Thoddoo MP.

“We have earlier received complaints regarding the MP taking bribes following his defection from Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) to the MDP. There were also claims that he had utilised the money he received as bribes to buy a house. We are investigating the matter,” Luthfee said at the time.

He added that the ACC had occasionally requested technical assistance from police in investigating corruption cases and that this case was no different.

Meanwhile, Ali Waheed in a press statement released earlier alleged that the case was a politically motivated attempt to intimidate him after Parliament’s Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) – on which Waheed sits as the chair – alleged flaws in the report by the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) concerning the February 2012 transfer of power.

“I have been receiving threats from the government who have said that I and my family will be arrested if I do not resign from the MDP and as the chairman of the EOC. The threats were repeated after parliament Speaker Abdulla Shahid’s brother was arrested,” he alleged at the time.

Waheed further claimed that he had nothing to hide from the authorities and added that neither the ACC nor the police had asked him to come in for questioning, which he claimed “proved that there were no discrepancies”.

However, ACC President Luthfee responded to Waheed’s claim that he would be called in for questioning when “the time comes”.

“The government cannot manipulate me. I have the remote that controls me, not them,” said Waheed, concluding his statement.

Following Waheed’s high profile defection from then opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) to then ruling MDP in May 2011, several opposition MPs alleged that Waheed had sold himself to the then ruling MDP and former President Nasheed, a claim dismissed by Waheed.

Following the coverage, Waheed alleged that local journalists had politicised a private real estate dealing, in which he had won a fair bid for a beach house in Hulhumale’ and paid an upfront sum of MVR 1 million.

Waheed won the beachfront house for Rf4.6 million (US$300,000), bidding MVR 3020 (US$195) per square foot. His wife also reportedly won a house.

“The house will become my property only after I finish the rest of the payment within five years,” Waheed said in a press statement released at the time. “However, the story of this business transaction was spun in the media, with [outlets] writing ‘Ali Waheed and his wife have bought two houses in Hulhumale’ for Rf 9.4 million’ (US$600,000)’ in their headlines.’’

Local newspaper Haveeru claimed that the case involved Ali Waheed’s mother purchasing land in Male’ during October 2011. Haveeru alleged the net total of the sale stood at MVR 7.938 million (US$514,000), and suggested Waheed’s involvement in the transaction. However, it reported that the extent of Waheed’s involvement remained “unclear”.

Ali Waheed’s mother Zuhuraa had at the time claimed the money for the sale came from her husband’s savings, but some local media outlets have reported that the sale was funded by the construction giant TEP Construction Private limited.

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10 Comments on "Police decision to reveal Ali Waheed corruption probe “concerning”: ACC"

  1. Kuribee on Sun, 3rd Mar 2013 8:20 PM 

    Waheed in his best capacity would have earned 2.3 million out which he would have spent 50% of the money at least for logging and food which means 1.15 million in three years.

    It is questionable how he got the money to pay the down payment even to two plots of land which is over 2 million. From where he can get these 2 million then?

    His mother does not earn much income and need to find out from where his mother can get such 10 million rufiyaa. Niether Ali waheed nor his family members were wealthy enough to spent this kind of money. Ali waheed had no money even to spend on his election campaign and he has burrowed huge amount of money for his capping from some business people.

    If he has so much money, i doubt that he could have burrowed so much .

    Many people believed that he has purchased luxury apartment in Malaaysia which also cost over few millions of dollars too? One will wonder from where all these money should have come from.

    The land he had bought under his mother name is actually belong to ali waheed and even now he is building 10 story building there which is costing over 20 million rufiyaa.

    If Mps are earning so much money, then we have no doubt the 30% of the total government budget will be given to parliament .

    But wonder why all other Mps are not able to have this much money.

    There is reasonable ground to believe that this guy had got all these money under hand and most of this money were given by GMR .

    Nasheed is the man who had done the deal and that is why this guy is praying on Nasheed.

  2. Andrew Andreas on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 2:44 AM 

    MDP, DRP or PPM, a corrupt person is a corrupt person.

    This man is corrupt. Period. To holler your head off, does not alter the FACT.

  3. ayya on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 2:53 AM 

    Wow Kurimbee what a jump from your broken English to this piece!!

  4. Hafsut on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 3:15 AM 

    Ayya Waheed is a jolly good fellow. But also an operative of Gayyoom.

    . he debriefs defense ministry offices weekly.

  5. what.. on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 3:56 AM 

    This showman Ali Waheed is a product introduced by Gayoom, and used by Nasheed.

    Soon he will be disposed like a sanitary towel and joining Qasim.

    The show must go on..

  6. hassan fulhu on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 6:34 AM 

    Kuribee, No one knows the private life of other people and their financial backing that supports them. Only god knows exactly the things that you are referring to. Dont conclude things based on assumptions and your biased thoughts. May be true or may not be true, i mean what you say.

  7. Lubna Ali on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 7:05 AM 

    Wonder kuribee knows how much money the Golhas swindled from the coffers over the 30 years.

  8. Kuribee on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 5:05 PM 

    Big Golha would have pocketed over 100 million or little less or more?

    But Kuda Golha , Fili Nasheed must have pocketed over 200 million just within 3 years.

    Difference between the two devil is that old man has some decency in robbing the country but the young Golha had robbed the country in day light.

  9. Hathim on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 9:43 PM 

    @ kuribee biased much? This much distortion of facts might injure your brain and it might get to the point where you are genuinely incapable of telling truth from fiction.

  10. Raven on Tue, 5th Mar 2013 1:29 AM 

    kuribee is like the Golhaa equivalent of the religious extremist ‘Dhivehi Hanguraamaverin’. Are they the same person. :)


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