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Yameen implicated in STO blackmarket oil trade with Burmese junta, alleges The Week


Singaporean police are reportedly investigating former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s half brother Abdulla Yameen for alleged involvement in an international money laundering racket thought to be worth up to US$800 million – if accurate, a staggering 80 percent of the Maldives’ annual GDP.

Yameen is an MP and leader of the People’s Alliance (PA) party, which in coalition with the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), of which Gayoom is the ‘honorary leader’, together maintain a parliamentary majority in the Maldives.

The allegation is central to an explosive piece in India’s The Week magazine by Sumon K Chakrabarti, Chief National Correspondent of CNN-IBN, who describes Yameen as “the kingpin” of a scheme to buy subsidised oil through the State Trading Organisation’s branch in Singapore and sell it on through an entity called ‘Mocom Trading’ to the Burmese military junta, at a black market premium.

“The Maldives receives subsidised oil from OPEC nations, thanks to its 100 percent Sunni Muslim population. The Gayooms bought oil, saying it was for the Maldives, and sold it to Myanmar on the international black market. As Myanmar is facing international sanctions, the junta secretly sold the Burmese and ‘Maldivian’ oil to certain Asian countries, including a wannabe superpower,” alleged Chakrabarti, who is writing a book on Gayoom’s administration and the democracy movement that led to its fall.

“Sources in the Singapore Police said their investigation has confirmed ‘shipping fraud through the diversion of chartered vessels where oil cargo intended for the Maldives was sold on the black market creating a super profit for many years,’” the report added.

Referencing an unnamed Maldivian cabinet Minister, The Week states that: “what is becoming clear is that oil tankers regularly left Singapore for the Maldives, but never arrived here.”

The article draws heavily on an investigation report by international accountancy firm Grant Thorton, commissioned by the Maldives government in March 2010, which obtained three hard drives containing financial information detailing transactions from 2002 to 2008. No digital data was available before 2002, and the paper trail “was hazy”.

According to The Week, Grant Thorton’s report identifies Myanmar businessman and head of the Kanbawza Bank and Kanbawza Football Club, Aung Ko Win, as the middleman acting between the Maldivian connection and Vice-Senior General Maung Aye, the second highest-ranking member of the Burmese junta – one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, perhaps exceeded only by North Korea.

Also allegedly implicated in the Grant Thorton report are Brigader-General Lun Thi, the junta’s Minister of Energy, Aung Thaung, the Burmese Minister of industry, “and his son, Major Pye Aung, who is married to Aye’s daughter, Nander Aye.”

“Another Burmese business couple, Tun Myint Naing (aka ‘Steven Law’) and his wife, were linked to the Gayooms,” alleged The Week.

According to a 2000 report on the Golden Triangle Opium trade by Hong Kong-based regional security analysis firm, Asia Pacific Media Services, “in 1996 Steven Law was refused a visa to the USA on suspicion of involvement in narcotics trafficking”, and several companies linked to him were blacklisted because of his suspected involvement in his father’s drug empire.

His father, Lo Hsing Han, also known as Law Sit Han, is named in the report as a notorious ‘Golden Triangle’ heroin baron turned businessman, with financial ties to Singapore. He was also responsible responsible for arranging a lavish wedding in 2006 for the daughter of Burmese dictator Than Shwe.

“Lo Hsing-han and his family set up the Asia World Company… involved in import-export business, bus transport, housing and hotel construction, a supermarket chain, and Rangoon’s port development,” APMS wrote.

According to The Week report, “Yameen was allegedly aided by Ahmed Muneez, former Managing Director of STO Singapore, and by Mohamed Hussain Maniku, former MD, STO. Maniku was MD from 1993 to 2008, and currently serves as the Maldives’ Ambassador to Washington.

The operation

According to The Week article, the engine of the operation was the Singaporean branch of the government-owned State Trading Organisation (STO), of which Yameen was the board chairman until 2005.

Fuel was purchased by STO Singapore from companies including Shell Eastern Petroleum Pvt Ltd, Singapore Petroleum company and Petronas, and sold mostly to the STO (for Maldivian consumption) and Myanmar, “except in 2002, when the bulk of the revenue came from Malaysia.”

The “first red flag” appeared in an audit report on the STO by KPMG, one of the four major international auditing firms which took over the STO’s audits in 2004 from Price WaterhouseCoopers.

The firm noted: “A company incorporated in Singapore by the name of Mocom Trading Pte Ltd in 2004 has not been discluded under Note No. 30 to the Financial Statements. There was no evidence available with regard to approval of the incorporation. Further, we are unable to establish the volume and the nature of the company with the group.”

In a subsequent report, KMPG noted: “The name of the company has been struck off on 20th April 2006.”

Investigators learned that Mocom Trading was set up in February 2004 as a joint venture between STO Singapore and a Malaysian company called ‘Mocom Corporation Sdn Bhd’, with the purpose of selling oil to Myanmar and an authorised capital of US$1 million.

According to The Week, the company had four shareholders: Kamal Bin Rashid, a Burmese national, two Maldivians: Fathimath Ashan and Sana Mansoor, and a Malaysian man named Raja Abdul Rashid Bin Raja Badiozaman. Badiozaman was the Chief of Intelligence for the Malaysian armed forces for seven years and a 34 year veteran of the military, prior to his retirement in 1995 at the rank of Lieutenant General.

As well as the four shareholders, former Managing Director of STO Singapore Ahmed Muneez served as director. The Week reported that Muneez informed investigators that Mocom Corportation was one of four companies with a tender to sell oil to the Burmese junta, alongside Daewoo, Petrocom Energy and Hyandai.

Under the contract, wrote The Week, “STO Singapore was to supply Mocom Trading with diesel. But since Mocom Corporation held the original contact, the company was entitled to commission of nearly 40 percent of the profits.”

That commission was to be deposited in an United Overseas Bank account in Singapore, “a US dollar account held solely by Rashid. So, the books would show that the commission was being paid to Mocom, but Rashid would pocket it.”

In a second example cited by The Week, investigators discovered that “STO Singapore and Mocom Trading duplicated sales invoices to Myanmar. The invoices showed the number of barrels delivered and the unit price. Both sets of invoices were identical, except for the price per barrel. The unit price on the STO Singapore invoices was US$5 more than the unit price of the Mocom Trading invoice. This was done to confuse auditors.”

As a result, “the sum total of all Mocom Trading invoices to Myanmar Petrochemical Enterprises was US$45,751,423, while the sum total of the invoices raised by STO Singapore was US$51,423,523 – a difference of US$5,672,100.”

Furthermore, “investigators found instances where bills of lading (indicating receipt of consignment) were unsigned by the ship’s master.”

Gayoom's half-brother and PA leader Abdulla Yameen

Money from the Maldives

Despite his officially stepping down from the STO in 2005, The Week referenced the report as saying that debit notes in Singapore “show payments made on account of Yameen in 2007 and 2008.”

Citing the report directly, The Week wrote: “The debit notes were created as a result of receiving funds from Mr Yameen deposited at the STO head office, which were then transferred to STO Singapore’s bank accounts. This corresponded with a document received from STO head office confirming the payments were deposited by Yameen into STO’s bank accounts via cheque.

The Week claimed that Yameen was aided by Muneez on the STO Singapore side, and by Mohamed Hussain Maniku, former STO managing director, on the Maldivian end until 2008.

“In conversation with Mr Muneez, this was to provide monies for the living expenses of his [Yameen’s] son and daughter, both studying in Singapore. Their living expenses were distributed by Mr Muneez,” the Grant Thorton report stated, according to The Week.

In an interview with Minivan News, Yameen confirmed that he had used the STO’s accounts to send money to his children in Singapore, “and I have all the receipts.”

He described the then STO head in Singapore as “a personal friend”, and said “I always paid the STO in advance. It was a legitimate way of avoiding foreign exchange [fees]. The STO was not lending me money.”

He denied sending money following his departure from the organisation: “After I left, I did not do it. In fact I did not do it 3 to4 years before leaving the STO. I used telegraphic transfer.”

Yameen described the wider allegations contained in The Week article as “absolute rubbish”, and denied being under investigation by the Singaporean police saying that he had friends in Singapore who would have informed him if that were the case.

The article, he said, was part of a smear campaign orchestrated by current President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, a freelance writer and the dismissed Auditor General “now in London”, who he claimed had hired the audit team – “they spent two weeks in the STO in Singapore conducting an investigation.”

Yameen said he did not have a hand in any of the STO’s operations in Singapore, and that if Muneez was managing director at the time of any alleged wrong-doing, “any allegations should carry his name.”

He denied any knowledge or affiliation with Steven Law or Lo Hsing Han, and said that as for Mocom Trading, “if that company is registered, Maniku would know about it.”

Asked to confirm whether the STO Singapore had been supplying fuel to Myanmar during his time as chair of the board, “it could have been – Myanmar, Vietnam, the STO is an entrepreneurial trade organisation. It trades [commodities like] oil, cement, sugar, rice to places in need. It’s perfectly legitimate. “

Asked whether it was appropriate to trade goods to a country ostracised by the international community, Yameen observed that the trading had “nothing to do with the moral high-ground, at least at that time. Even even now the STO buys from one country and sells to those in need.”

Asked why the President would hire a freelance writer to smear his reputation after the local council elections, “that’s because Nasheed would like to hold me in captivity.”

The only way Nasheed could exert political control, Yameen claimed, “was to resort to this kind of political blackmail”.

“Unfortunately he has not been able to do that with me. I was a perfectly clean minister while in Gayoom’s cabinet. They have nothing on me.”

Last time around

No love is lost between Yameen and the present Maldivian administration, which detained him and Jumhoree Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim in early July 2010 on accusations of bribery and, according to the police charge sheet, “attempting to topple the government illegally.”

President Nasheed’s cabinet had resigned en masse the week prior, in protest against what they claimed were the “scorched earth politics” of the opposition-majority parliament, leaving only President Mohamed Nasheed and Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan in charge of the country. The move circumvented regulations blocking the arrest of MPs while no-confidence motions were pending against sitting ministers.

Several days later, audio recordings of conversations between several MPs, including Yameen and Gasim, were leaked to the media. The recordings carried implications of vote-buying within parliament, suggestions of collaboration with the officials in the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), and details of a plan to derail the progress of a taxation bill.

Yameen defended the conversation at the time as “not to borrow money to bribe MPs… [rather] As friends, we might help each other.”

The issue quickly became one of invasion of privacy, and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) issued a statement to that effect.

Unable to get an arrest warrant extension for the pair through the Maldivian courts, the government quickly found itself facing international criticism and diplomatic urging to “stick to the rule of law”, after Yameen was detained by the military on the Presidential Retreat of Aarah purportedly “for his own protection.”

While in custody, Yameen told local media he did not wish to be detained in ‘protective’ custody. The military refused to present him before the court on a court order, raising more international eyebrows.

Later in July, the President’s Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair told Minivan News that the government had felt obliged to take action after six MDP MPs came forward with statements alleging Yameen and Gasim had attempted to bribe them to vote against the government.

The opposition PA-DRP coalition already has a small voting majority, with the addition of supportive independent MPs. However, certain votes require a two-thirds majority of the 77 member chamber – such as a no-confidence motion to impeach the president.

Zuhair told Minivan News at the time that given the severity of the allegations against them, neither could be considered prisoners of conscience.

“I cannot describe these people as political leaders – they are accused of high crimes and plots against the state,” Zuhair said.

“These MPs are two individuals of high net worth – tycoons with vested interests,” he explained. “In pursuing their business interests they became enormously rich during the previous regime, and now they are trying to use their ill-gotten gains to bribe members in the Majlis [parliament] and judiciary to keep themselves in power and above the fray.”

“They were up to all sorts of dark and evil schemes,” Zuhair alleged. “There were plans afoot to topple the government illegally before the interim period was over.”

Yameen was also one of many former and serving Ministers on an audit hit-list issued by Auditor General Ibrahim Naeem, prior to his dismissal on March 29, 2010.

Naeem, who was appointed by former President Gayoom, had produced a damning report detailing the previous government’s spending habits. These, according to an article on the report published in the New York Times, included an estimated “US$9.5 million spent buying and delivering a luxury yacht from Germany for the president, $17 million on renovations of the presidential palace and family houses,a saltwater swimming pool, badminton court, gymnasium, 11 speed boats and 55 cars, including the country’s only Mercedes-Benz.”

“And the list goes on, from Loro Piana suits and trousers to watches and hefty bills for medical services in Singapore for ‘important people and their families. There was a US$70,000 trip to Dubai by the first lady in 2007, a US$20,000 bill for a member of the family of the former president to stay a week at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore. On one occasion, diapers were sent to the islands by airfreight from Britain for Mr Gayoom’s grandson,” wrote the NYT, citing Naeem’s report.

The Maldives government had “begun the paper chase”, the NYT report claimed, “but it lacks the resources to unravel a complex trail that it assumes runs through the British Channel Islands, Singapore and Malaysia.”

On March 24, Naeem sent a list of current and former government ministers to the Prosecutor General, requesting they be prosecuted for failure to declare their assets, citing Article 138 of the Constitution requiring every member of the Cabinet to “annually submit to the Auditor General a statement of all property and monies owned by him, business interests and all assets and liabilities.”

He then held a press conference: “A lot of the government’s money was taken through corrupt [means] and saved in the banks of England, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia,” Naeem said, during his first press appearance in eight months.

Five days later he was dismissed by the opposition-majority parliament on allegations of corruption by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), for purportedly using the government’s money to buy a tie and visit Thulhaidhu in Baa Atoll. The motion to dismiss Naeem was put forward by the parliamentary finance committee, chaired by Deputy Speaker and member of Yameen’s PA party Ahmed Nazim, who the previous week had pleaded not guilty to ACC charges of conspiracy to defraud the former ministry of atolls development while he was Managing Director of Namira Engineering and Trading Pvt Ltd.

The parliament has yet to approve a replacement auditor general.

Representatives of the former government have steadfastly denied the existence of stolen funds. Gayoom’s assistant and former chief government spokesperson Mohamed Hussain ‘Mundhu’ Shareef told Minivan News in December 2009 that ”there is no evidence to link Gayoom to corruption”, and urged accusers “to show us the evidence.”

“If you have the details make them public, instead of repeating allegations,” he said at the time. “[Gayoom] has said, ‘go ahead and take a look, and if you find anything make it public.’”

Shareef had not responded to Minivan News at the time of going to press.

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    1. After all these allegations, the bloodly bastard refuses to acknowledge any of this. Even at the security council meeting today, he kept talking that he had NO HAND in this Singaporean shell corporation.

      He rufuses to have done it, and note, "AS THE CHAIRMAN OF STO".

      Ask him this, "Does he or does he not own the said corporation in Singapore?"
      and ask him this,
      "Did he or did he not USE STO's collective wealth and used this SAID CORPORATION as the middle-man to fix deals, diverting direct route back to Burma through Malaysia, then back to MALDIVES?!"

      I simply do not believe this~ >.>

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    2. people,let us all unite in this scandel.let us all call on to the govenment to set up a special commitee to investigte all this allegations.I swear to god,if Anni havent done his part on this,we will not choose him for the next term and we the people will bring him to justice by failling to do justice.Insha Alla

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    3. This article is designed with full of lies.If its true at all why doesn't the present administration prosecute Yameen when they are in power of evrything? Still looking for more evidence?

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    4. This is nothing new and don't have to be suprised our selves with more of these shots.its time to Jail them all and to take back what has been taken from us. This is not a small scandal when all pieces come together, the earth will slip away of many feets. I think its a perfect time to launch a anti corrouption campaign locally. As it is the cause of many socail cancers. The task is far greater than we think, its within us.

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    5. Please investigate whos money was spent to build yanteys wife house at G. Roasary. Yaamin please answer who gave material to build swimimg pool at the roof top in this house. Is that not called corruption? Chalange to goverment and saw the receipts and payments.
      The thing is if this yamin has to be investigated, Fpid should be in the list and reeko heavy load. So, pls keep quite everybody.

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    6. I don't know anyone from Maldives who does not know Yamin is an evil ruthless tyrant, don't stop pushing to bring justice to him.

      The Government won't or can't do it. The reason for that is unclear, I wonder what back room deals have gone on and or who MDP is trying to protect, some sort of mutual blackmail is at work I suspect such as, if MDP, you charge us for such and such we PA DRP will charge you for such and such.

      It Seems a little bit of we'll allow you to have free and fair elections so long as you don't witch hunt us going on as well. It is up to the ppl of Maldives to cause such a headache for the Government through protest that they have to get rid of Yameen as the consequences for not doing so have to be proven to be worse than the consequences for doing so.

      You can come out with photos of Yameen murdering someone for example and Government still won't act UNTIL the masses push Gov. to act. I hope I have made myself clear.

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    7. On the case of 800 million dollar corruption case by former regime the quick denial shows the desperation of them in holding foot on the Maldivian political spectrum. These reports are not based on an investigation by a Maldivian authority rather on a reputable international accounting firm’s investigation. DRP must seriously find a way to let the excess baggage off loaded and promote internal democracy to make them credible if they want to come back and win next election.

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    8. 800 million dollars is a LOT of money. Enough to buy out every MP and all the political parties. Infact if you throw it in the right direction, enough to buy himself the presidency of Maldives. I call upon the ruling MDP to take immediate action to recover this money for the people. If the Goverment do not take immediate action, it would be fair to assume that the goverment and the ruling party has been baught over with this dirty money. Take action now. Recover it for us. Put the money in our ailing economy.

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    9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12444777

      Your oil dealer's busted.

      You scared, Burmese junta?. You scared, you little worthless pieces of trash? Who the hell do you think you are?

      We're not scared of you! Your tanks cannot run without oil. Your guns need grease for maintenance. Your technicals need diesel to run over civilians.

      I relish your fear!. Threaten all you want - the age of tyranny is at an end.

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    10. Article looks like a paid job done by dhivehi mihaaruge vagu , aniyaaveri, sarukarru and so called "minivan news" to defame president maumoon and his relatives. You can never be successfull to eliminate islam, unity, values, culture of Maldivians. But we will eliminate you! You all are paid by christian missionary groups!Go to hell!!

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    11. YAMEEN AND HIS COWBOYS WERE THE CROOKS..AND A NEW BREED OF CROOKS ARE ALSO BORN OUT OF REEKO AND THE LIKES TOO! AMAZINGLY HISTORY REPEATS WITH NEW FACES..AND SAME OLD STORY! WE HUMANS NEVER LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES ..MORE STUPIDITY IS DISPLAYED BY THE PROUDNESS AND ARROGANCE OF YAMEEN, REEKO, MARIYA, SHAHID, ZAKI, DR.MUNAAWAR, DR.HASSAN SAEED AND HIS NURSE JAMEEL AND MANY MORE OF THE RECENT AND PAST! LIFE GOES ON ..AND ORDINARY MALDIVIANS BELIEVE IN A DREAM...I HOPE ANNI CAN GET OUT OF THESE WEBS, SPIDERS..SAVELY AND SINCERELY FOR THE NATION! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM..AS I CAN SEE HIM STRUGGLE DAILY FOR A CHANGE..THE REST ARE OPPORTUNITIST FOR BUSINESS AND MONEY MONEY..LET ME WAIT AND SEE THE END OF THIS CHAPTER AND START OF NEXT...

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    12. Bithu fangi negeema adhives fennaane mikahala kanthah. These are professional crooks and are extremely difficult to break down. It takes both time and money. But a thief has 1000 days and a leader has just one day to catch the thief. We need to be patience as these gang leaders are fighting for the last breath.

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    13. Btw I not a fan of public criticism either, but JJ you could have just given us the link or pasted the article itself instead of copying the whole thing and praising yourself for it. shame

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    14. Um the authorized share capital of Mocom Corporation Sdn Bhd was US$ 10,000,000 not US$1,000,000. With only four shares. ie the share price was US$2.5 per share :O

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    15. Couple of points to note:

      1. Why did STO make Sana Mansoor and Aashaan as directors of Mocom, when there are more capable and experienced people in STO to be in those positions? I feel that Yaamin wanted to make them scapegoats like what he did to that Haadhy guy who was sacked from STO after being implicated in the STO forex scandal. Yaamin had felt, obiously for the right reasons, that these two ladies would not question about the operations of Mocom and would actually feel good about being made directors of an international company where STO was a partner. These two young ladies would yield into the demands of the mastermind of this racket, and Yaamin could do things in their cover, since these are just innocent, timid people who did not know obviously where they had been lured into. I mean these are issues one should try and find an answer to.

      2. I mean Yaamin cannot use STO as a conduit to transfer money to his children in Singapore to avoid paying bank charges. Not only that, there are lot of STO staff had who says that Yaamin had used STO to import all the material, furniture and other things for his house, or perhaps his wife's house...That is illegal and he should be charged for it. In fact, he was the guy instrumental in kicking the former Auditor General out of office for using the official credit card to buy a personal tie, which was fully reimbursed. Where is the anti corruption commission on this...well this guy who is in charge of the anti corruption commission is a Yaamin's man... so what do you expect. He has put his stooges and puppets in the courts and in important independent institutions like MMA.

      3. He had said that he had gone to Burma to sort out "Barumaa handoo" issues...hehhehe. this is joke man. I mean why would STO Chairman had to fly to Burma to sort out those issues, I cannot understand, may be there were no competent people in STO to negotiate that "Barumaa Handoo" deal....

      4. He mentioned about a site called "Dhivehi Post" in an apparent slip of the tongue...this implies that he is connected to this hate provoking website, which the authorities need to investigate.

      5. Yaamin said that Singapore authorities intervened and stopped the Mocom activities while being carried out in the sitting room of the Malivian Government's Trading Company's office in Singapore. Why would STO has to carry out the activities of an STO joint venture company in a such lousy manner, unless the masterminds were up to something fishy??? At least STO should maintain its dignity and reputation. What I gather is, these fellas had tried to do some illicit activities on the sly by using this JV company.

      6. To sell oil to Burma is wrong when there are sanctions on Burma!! What moral high ground is he talking from his posterior orifice???

      7. This Yaamin man spoils all the innocent simpletons who work with him. Now look at this STO Maniku guy, he is supposed to be nice guy free from all this corrupt activities..see what had happened to him. He had spoilt, Shaheer, Zubair, Zameer, Shareef, Haadhy and so many others in STO and other associated companies. He is a real crook. He can associate himself with the likes of cartune Shujau and them.

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    16. @ truth. Even if you don't know we know that the reporter who wrote this frequently visits Maldives and is close to Ibrahim Hussain Zaki. For your information there is a list of Maldivians who have assets in other countries. This list was developed and the assets were identified with the help of World bank asset recovery programme. Some senior politicians who are in the government and the opposition were notified of it. So they sold their assets. The list includes names of these guys who sold their assets also. Guess who is at the top of the list. As predicted the koli clan holds most number of assets outside maldives and surprisingly the speaker of Parliament Shahid is among individuals who sold their assets. This document is with the president. So why doesn't he reveal all the names to public and go after them. Whats the use in cooking up a fake report? The sole reason is that Yameen is the smartest politician and a potential winner of next presidential election. So all Koli and his gang including Anni wants to kill him or imprison him. Indeed he is smart.

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    17. What the what?? 800 Mil??? this is interesting.. I bet Maumoon and Yameen will be busy shitting their pants by now.

      @Mariyam, this ain't about Anni or current administration; this is about justice. Justice for the sake of our own people, after all it's our money.
      @ibrahim shreef, do you mean leave?

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    18. come on on guys. Maumoon and yamin would never do such a thing. Such innocent brothers. Wouldnt even kill a fly. They are angels sent from above. Wouldnt have stolen a cent or 1 laari from the maldivians money.

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    19. I would like to give advice to the Mr. President Anni, this is now very old method.
      Now everybody knows that how much your government is corrupted. Start preparing to live this country you have only two years left. Goodbye Mr. Anni

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    20. The root cause of all these evil is a certain "KOLI" who lives in Singapore. Please give us justice and let these evil and corrupted people pay for their evil acts.

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    21. Bakattaaa!!! (goats). Don't think this is little bit of too much? hmmmm,, I think I got very good reason why you wanted to be the next president of Maldives. Hell, with US$800 millions, go to hell..

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    22. my question is, why did the investigator release that report to the press? the integrity of the investigation is questionable now...

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    23. HMMM WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH , ITS NOT WRITE TO BLAME, IF MAUMOOON AND YAMIN IS ALIVE , ANNI IS UNABLE TO BREATH.
      HE CANNOT FULLFILL HIS 5 WAUD, PEOPLE NOW BELEIVE THAT HE CANNOT DO ANYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY. THATS WHY HE IS TRYING FOR THE NEXT ELECTION THAT PEOPLE TO BELIVE THAT HES RIGHT AND TO GET FOCUSSED SOME OTHER STORIES AND FORGET ANNI GE 5 WAUD.

      ITS REALLY SAD THAT WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH BLAMING,ITS NOT IN OUR RELIGION.PEOPLE WHO DOESNT BELIEVE IN RELIGION SHOULD BE JAILED FIRST AND THOSE WHO LOAD DRUGS AND RAAA IN THILA FUSHI, HOW ABOUT THE JUSTICE AND TALK ABOUT AND MAKE THINGS BETTER WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT MAUMOON OR YAAMIN FOR ONE MOMENT AND 30 YEARS OF PRESIDENCY

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    24. Anni and his officials are not capable of bringing Yameen to justice as they are as corrupt as Yameen.

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    25. @battey

      it seems suman chakraborthy is a well known journalist in india

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumon_K_Chakrabarti

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    26. Many of the anti-Maumoon will find joy and happiness from this but i will be relieved if this can be proved true in Maldivian or International Court. Tired of Hearing these type of Allegation to the regime of Maumoon but non proven to be true.

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    1. Many of the anti-Maumoon will find joy and happiness from this but i will be relieved if this can be proved true in Maldivian or International Court. Tired of Hearing these type of Allegation to the regime of Maumoon but non proven to be true.

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    2. @battey

      it seems suman chakraborthy is a well known journalist in india

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumon_K_Chakrabarti

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    3. Anni and his officials are not capable of bringing Yameen to justice as they are as corrupt as Yameen.

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    4. HMMM WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH , ITS NOT WRITE TO BLAME, IF MAUMOOON AND YAMIN IS ALIVE , ANNI IS UNABLE TO BREATH.
      HE CANNOT FULLFILL HIS 5 WAUD, PEOPLE NOW BELEIVE THAT HE CANNOT DO ANYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY. THATS WHY HE IS TRYING FOR THE NEXT ELECTION THAT PEOPLE TO BELIVE THAT HES RIGHT AND TO GET FOCUSSED SOME OTHER STORIES AND FORGET ANNI GE 5 WAUD.

      ITS REALLY SAD THAT WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH BLAMING,ITS NOT IN OUR RELIGION.PEOPLE WHO DOESNT BELIEVE IN RELIGION SHOULD BE JAILED FIRST AND THOSE WHO LOAD DRUGS AND RAAA IN THILA FUSHI, HOW ABOUT THE JUSTICE AND TALK ABOUT AND MAKE THINGS BETTER WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT MAUMOON OR YAAMIN FOR ONE MOMENT AND 30 YEARS OF PRESIDENCY

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    5. my question is, why did the investigator release that report to the press? the integrity of the investigation is questionable now...

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    6. Bakattaaa!!! (goats). Don't think this is little bit of too much? hmmmm,, I think I got very good reason why you wanted to be the next president of Maldives. Hell, with US$800 millions, go to hell..

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    7. The root cause of all these evil is a certain "KOLI" who lives in Singapore. Please give us justice and let these evil and corrupted people pay for their evil acts.

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    8. I would like to give advice to the Mr. President Anni, this is now very old method.
      Now everybody knows that how much your government is corrupted. Start preparing to live this country you have only two years left. Goodbye Mr. Anni

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    9. come on on guys. Maumoon and yamin would never do such a thing. Such innocent brothers. Wouldnt even kill a fly. They are angels sent from above. Wouldnt have stolen a cent or 1 laari from the maldivians money.

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    10. What the what?? 800 Mil??? this is interesting.. I bet Maumoon and Yameen will be busy shitting their pants by now.

      @Mariyam, this ain't about Anni or current administration; this is about justice. Justice for the sake of our own people, after all it's our money.
      @ibrahim shreef, do you mean leave?

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    11. @ truth. Even if you don't know we know that the reporter who wrote this frequently visits Maldives and is close to Ibrahim Hussain Zaki. For your information there is a list of Maldivians who have assets in other countries. This list was developed and the assets were identified with the help of World bank asset recovery programme. Some senior politicians who are in the government and the opposition were notified of it. So they sold their assets. The list includes names of these guys who sold their assets also. Guess who is at the top of the list. As predicted the koli clan holds most number of assets outside maldives and surprisingly the speaker of Parliament Shahid is among individuals who sold their assets. This document is with the president. So why doesn't he reveal all the names to public and go after them. Whats the use in cooking up a fake report? The sole reason is that Yameen is the smartest politician and a potential winner of next presidential election. So all Koli and his gang including Anni wants to kill him or imprison him. Indeed he is smart.

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    12. Couple of points to note:

      1. Why did STO make Sana Mansoor and Aashaan as directors of Mocom, when there are more capable and experienced people in STO to be in those positions? I feel that Yaamin wanted to make them scapegoats like what he did to that Haadhy guy who was sacked from STO after being implicated in the STO forex scandal. Yaamin had felt, obiously for the right reasons, that these two ladies would not question about the operations of Mocom and would actually feel good about being made directors of an international company where STO was a partner. These two young ladies would yield into the demands of the mastermind of this racket, and Yaamin could do things in their cover, since these are just innocent, timid people who did not know obviously where they had been lured into. I mean these are issues one should try and find an answer to.

      2. I mean Yaamin cannot use STO as a conduit to transfer money to his children in Singapore to avoid paying bank charges. Not only that, there are lot of STO staff had who says that Yaamin had used STO to import all the material, furniture and other things for his house, or perhaps his wife's house...That is illegal and he should be charged for it. In fact, he was the guy instrumental in kicking the former Auditor General out of office for using the official credit card to buy a personal tie, which was fully reimbursed. Where is the anti corruption commission on this...well this guy who is in charge of the anti corruption commission is a Yaamin's man... so what do you expect. He has put his stooges and puppets in the courts and in important independent institutions like MMA.

      3. He had said that he had gone to Burma to sort out "Barumaa handoo" issues...hehhehe. this is joke man. I mean why would STO Chairman had to fly to Burma to sort out those issues, I cannot understand, may be there were no competent people in STO to negotiate that "Barumaa Handoo" deal....

      4. He mentioned about a site called "Dhivehi Post" in an apparent slip of the tongue...this implies that he is connected to this hate provoking website, which the authorities need to investigate.

      5. Yaamin said that Singapore authorities intervened and stopped the Mocom activities while being carried out in the sitting room of the Malivian Government's Trading Company's office in Singapore. Why would STO has to carry out the activities of an STO joint venture company in a such lousy manner, unless the masterminds were up to something fishy??? At least STO should maintain its dignity and reputation. What I gather is, these fellas had tried to do some illicit activities on the sly by using this JV company.

      6. To sell oil to Burma is wrong when there are sanctions on Burma!! What moral high ground is he talking from his posterior orifice???

      7. This Yaamin man spoils all the innocent simpletons who work with him. Now look at this STO Maniku guy, he is supposed to be nice guy free from all this corrupt activities..see what had happened to him. He had spoilt, Shaheer, Zubair, Zameer, Shareef, Haadhy and so many others in STO and other associated companies. He is a real crook. He can associate himself with the likes of cartune Shujau and them.

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    13. Um the authorized share capital of Mocom Corporation Sdn Bhd was US$ 10,000,000 not US$1,000,000. With only four shares. ie the share price was US$2.5 per share :O

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    14. Btw I not a fan of public criticism either, but JJ you could have just given us the link or pasted the article itself instead of copying the whole thing and praising yourself for it. shame

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    15. Bithu fangi negeema adhives fennaane mikahala kanthah. These are professional crooks and are extremely difficult to break down. It takes both time and money. But a thief has 1000 days and a leader has just one day to catch the thief. We need to be patience as these gang leaders are fighting for the last breath.

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    16. YAMEEN AND HIS COWBOYS WERE THE CROOKS..AND A NEW BREED OF CROOKS ARE ALSO BORN OUT OF REEKO AND THE LIKES TOO! AMAZINGLY HISTORY REPEATS WITH NEW FACES..AND SAME OLD STORY! WE HUMANS NEVER LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES ..MORE STUPIDITY IS DISPLAYED BY THE PROUDNESS AND ARROGANCE OF YAMEEN, REEKO, MARIYA, SHAHID, ZAKI, DR.MUNAAWAR, DR.HASSAN SAEED AND HIS NURSE JAMEEL AND MANY MORE OF THE RECENT AND PAST! LIFE GOES ON ..AND ORDINARY MALDIVIANS BELIEVE IN A DREAM...I HOPE ANNI CAN GET OUT OF THESE WEBS, SPIDERS..SAVELY AND SINCERELY FOR THE NATION! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM..AS I CAN SEE HIM STRUGGLE DAILY FOR A CHANGE..THE REST ARE OPPORTUNITIST FOR BUSINESS AND MONEY MONEY..LET ME WAIT AND SEE THE END OF THIS CHAPTER AND START OF NEXT...

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    17. Article looks like a paid job done by dhivehi mihaaruge vagu , aniyaaveri, sarukarru and so called "minivan news" to defame president maumoon and his relatives. You can never be successfull to eliminate islam, unity, values, culture of Maldivians. But we will eliminate you! You all are paid by christian missionary groups!Go to hell!!

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    18. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12444777

      Your oil dealer's busted.

      You scared, Burmese junta?. You scared, you little worthless pieces of trash? Who the hell do you think you are?

      We're not scared of you! Your tanks cannot run without oil. Your guns need grease for maintenance. Your technicals need diesel to run over civilians.

      I relish your fear!. Threaten all you want - the age of tyranny is at an end.

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    19. 800 million dollars is a LOT of money. Enough to buy out every MP and all the political parties. Infact if you throw it in the right direction, enough to buy himself the presidency of Maldives. I call upon the ruling MDP to take immediate action to recover this money for the people. If the Goverment do not take immediate action, it would be fair to assume that the goverment and the ruling party has been baught over with this dirty money. Take action now. Recover it for us. Put the money in our ailing economy.

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    20. On the case of 800 million dollar corruption case by former regime the quick denial shows the desperation of them in holding foot on the Maldivian political spectrum. These reports are not based on an investigation by a Maldivian authority rather on a reputable international accounting firm’s investigation. DRP must seriously find a way to let the excess baggage off loaded and promote internal democracy to make them credible if they want to come back and win next election.

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    21. I don't know anyone from Maldives who does not know Yamin is an evil ruthless tyrant, don't stop pushing to bring justice to him.

      The Government won't or can't do it. The reason for that is unclear, I wonder what back room deals have gone on and or who MDP is trying to protect, some sort of mutual blackmail is at work I suspect such as, if MDP, you charge us for such and such we PA DRP will charge you for such and such.

      It Seems a little bit of we'll allow you to have free and fair elections so long as you don't witch hunt us going on as well. It is up to the ppl of Maldives to cause such a headache for the Government through protest that they have to get rid of Yameen as the consequences for not doing so have to be proven to be worse than the consequences for doing so.

      You can come out with photos of Yameen murdering someone for example and Government still won't act UNTIL the masses push Gov. to act. I hope I have made myself clear.

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    22. Please investigate whos money was spent to build yanteys wife house at G. Roasary. Yaamin please answer who gave material to build swimimg pool at the roof top in this house. Is that not called corruption? Chalange to goverment and saw the receipts and payments.
      The thing is if this yamin has to be investigated, Fpid should be in the list and reeko heavy load. So, pls keep quite everybody.

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    23. This is nothing new and don't have to be suprised our selves with more of these shots.its time to Jail them all and to take back what has been taken from us. This is not a small scandal when all pieces come together, the earth will slip away of many feets. I think its a perfect time to launch a anti corrouption campaign locally. As it is the cause of many socail cancers. The task is far greater than we think, its within us.

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    24. This article is designed with full of lies.If its true at all why doesn't the present administration prosecute Yameen when they are in power of evrything? Still looking for more evidence?

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    25. people,let us all unite in this scandel.let us all call on to the govenment to set up a special commitee to investigte all this allegations.I swear to god,if Anni havent done his part on this,we will not choose him for the next term and we the people will bring him to justice by failling to do justice.Insha Alla

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    26. After all these allegations, the bloodly bastard refuses to acknowledge any of this. Even at the security council meeting today, he kept talking that he had NO HAND in this Singaporean shell corporation.

      He rufuses to have done it, and note, "AS THE CHAIRMAN OF STO".

      Ask him this, "Does he or does he not own the said corporation in Singapore?"
      and ask him this,
      "Did he or did he not USE STO's collective wealth and used this SAID CORPORATION as the middle-man to fix deals, diverting direct route back to Burma through Malaysia, then back to MALDIVES?!"

      I simply do not believe this~ >.>

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    Content :Couple of points to note: 1. Why did STO make Sana Mansoor and Aashaan as directors of Mocom, when there are more capable and experienced people in STO to be in those positions? I feel that Yaamin wanted to make them scapegoats like what he did to that Haadhy guy who was sacked from STO after being implicated in the STO forex scandal. Yaamin had felt, obiously for the right reasons, that these two ladies would not question about the operations of Mocom and would actually feel good about being made directors of an international company where STO was a partner. These two young ladies would yield into the demands of the mastermind of this racket, and Yaamin could do things in their cover, since these are just innocent, timid people who did not know obviously where they had been lured into. I mean these are issues one should try and find an answer to. 2. I mean Yaamin cannot use STO as a conduit to transfer money to his children in Singapore to avoid paying bank charges. Not only that, there are lot of STO staff had who says that Yaamin had used STO to import all the material, furniture and other things for his house, or perhaps his wife's house...That is illegal and he should be charged for it. In fact, he was the guy instrumental in kicking the former Auditor General out of office for using the official credit card to buy a personal tie, which was fully reimbursed. Where is the anti corruption commission on this...well this guy who is in charge of the anti corruption commission is a Yaamin's man... so what do you expect. He has put his stooges and puppets in the courts and in important independent institutions like MMA. 3. He had said that he had gone to Burma to sort out "Barumaa handoo" issues...hehhehe. this is joke man. I mean why would STO Chairman had to fly to Burma to sort out those issues, I cannot understand, may be there were no competent people in STO to negotiate that "Barumaa Handoo" deal.... 4. He mentioned about a site called "Dhivehi Post" in an apparent slip of the tongue...this implies that he is connected to this hate provoking website, which the authorities need to investigate. 5. Yaamin said that Singapore authorities intervened and stopped the Mocom activities while being carried out in the sitting room of the Malivian Government's Trading Company's office in Singapore. Why would STO has to carry out the activities of an STO joint venture company in a such lousy manner, unless the masterminds were up to something fishy??? At least STO should maintain its dignity and reputation. What I gather is, these fellas had tried to do some illicit activities on the sly by using this JV company. 6. To sell oil to Burma is wrong when there are sanctions on Burma!! What moral high ground is he talking from his posterior orifice??? 7. This Yaamin man spoils all the innocent simpletons who work with him. Now look at this STO Maniku guy, he is supposed to be nice guy free from all this corrupt activities..see what had happened to him. He had spoilt, Shaheer, Zubair, Zameer, Shareef, Haadhy and so many others in STO and other associated companies. He is a real crook. He can associate himself with the likes of cartune Shujau and them.

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    Content :@ truth. Even if you don't know we know that the reporter who wrote this frequently visits Maldives and is close to Ibrahim Hussain Zaki. For your information there is a list of Maldivians who have assets in other countries. This list was developed and the assets were identified with the help of World bank asset recovery programme. Some senior politicians who are in the government and the opposition were notified of it. So they sold their assets. The list includes names of these guys who sold their assets also. Guess who is at the top of the list. As predicted the koli clan holds most number of assets outside maldives and surprisingly the speaker of Parliament Shahid is among individuals who sold their assets. This document is with the president. So why doesn't he reveal all the names to public and go after them. Whats the use in cooking up a fake report? The sole reason is that Yameen is the smartest politician and a potential winner of next presidential election. So all Koli and his gang including Anni wants to kill him or imprison him. Indeed he is smart.

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    Content :What the what?? 800 Mil??? this is interesting.. I bet Maumoon and Yameen will be busy shitting their pants by now. @Mariyam, this ain't about Anni or current administration; this is about justice. Justice for the sake of our own people, after all it's our money. @ibrahim shreef, do you mean leave?

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    Content :come on on guys. Maumoon and yamin would never do such a thing. Such innocent brothers. Wouldnt even kill a fly. They are angels sent from above. Wouldnt have stolen a cent or 1 laari from the maldivians money.

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    Content :YAMEEN IS A THIEF?! who knew?

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    Content :I would like to give advice to the Mr. President Anni, this is now very old method. Now everybody knows that how much your government is corrupted. Start preparing to live this country you have only two years left. Goodbye Mr. Anni

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    Content :The root cause of all these evil is a certain "KOLI" who lives in Singapore. Please give us justice and let these evil and corrupted people pay for their evil acts.

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    Content :Bakattaaa!!! (goats). Don't think this is little bit of too much? hmmmm,, I think I got very good reason why you wanted to be the next president of Maldives. Hell, with US$800 millions, go to hell..

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    Content :my question is, why did the investigator release that report to the press? the integrity of the investigation is questionable now...

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    Content :HMMM WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH , ITS NOT WRITE TO BLAME, IF MAUMOOON AND YAMIN IS ALIVE , ANNI IS UNABLE TO BREATH. HE CANNOT FULLFILL HIS 5 WAUD, PEOPLE NOW BELEIVE THAT HE CANNOT DO ANYTHING FOR THE COUNTRY. THATS WHY HE IS TRYING FOR THE NEXT ELECTION THAT PEOPLE TO BELIVE THAT HES RIGHT AND TO GET FOCUSSED SOME OTHER STORIES AND FORGET ANNI GE 5 WAUD. ITS REALLY SAD THAT WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH BLAMING,ITS NOT IN OUR RELIGION.PEOPLE WHO DOESNT BELIEVE IN RELIGION SHOULD BE JAILED FIRST AND THOSE WHO LOAD DRUGS AND RAAA IN THILA FUSHI, HOW ABOUT THE JUSTICE AND TALK ABOUT AND MAKE THINGS BETTER WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT MAUMOON OR YAAMIN FOR ONE MOMENT AND 30 YEARS OF PRESIDENCY

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    Content :Anni and his officials are not capable of bringing Yameen to justice as they are as corrupt as Yameen.

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    Content :@battey it seems suman chakraborthy is a well known journalist in india http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumon_K_Chakrabarti

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    Content :Many of the anti-Maumoon will find joy and happiness from this but i will be relieved if this can be proved true in Maldivian or International Court. Tired of Hearing these type of Allegation to the regime of Maumoon but non proven to be true.

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