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

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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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128 Comments on "Yameen implicated in STO blackmarket oil trade with Burmese junta, alleges The Week"

  1. Ahmed Farooq on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:06 AM 

    Yameen really does look like he is from Burma.

  2. yaamyn on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:19 AM 

    Wow.

    $800 millions of our money.

    Mind giving it back to us, Mr. Gayoom and Mr. Yameen?

    If there was ever a great time to prosecute people who have looted the country – and the former Auditor General and reputed firms like KPMG confirm this – it is now, and the state must waste no time in prosecuting them.

    What I worry about is that if the opposition controlled parliament can seemingly get rid of a pesky Auditor General, would an apparently opposition leaning judiciary be able to serve justice?

  3. Jazz on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:32 AM 

    Wow!

  4. Jameela on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:26 AM 

    This is perfectly a true story. This went on with the help of Koli Ali Maniku who got all these people together. Foreign Minister Fathullah Jameel and Abdulla Hameed both were also covered in these sales. For STO MD still has these funds kept in his accounts in Bangkok and in Thailand. A company named Seven Seas in Bangkok Thailand is holding over 2 billion Bhat belonging to Yameen and Maniku.

  5. Affronted on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:09 AM 

    @yaamyn – the answer to your question, I think, would be a resounding no.

    The 800 million referred to here – and no doubt much more that is hidden – IS the reason why members of the previous regime wants to control the judiciary at whatever cost.

    Buying the parliament is a project that has already been completed. No honest parliament would throw out the Auditor General for wearing the wrong tie when he is investigating major fraud that cost the country close to a billion dollars.

    If the judiciary becomes independent, the party will be over for the old regime.

    We need to purge our judiciary of the cronies of Gayoom’s regime.

    A good place to start would be the JSC. As long as they keep playing the games they are doing now, we won’t get justice.

    Burma. They are doing business with Burma. Burma!

    That tells us all we need to know about how much they care about us as people, or as human beings.

  6. ibrahim on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 6:11 AM 

    he was just washing the money.. clean person that he is.

  7. Shahid on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:43 AM 

    This is nearly one billion dollars!
    How do you spend that amount? Well I suppose there is the bribery of the judges, oh yes and the Majlis, not forgetting the bribing the local islands on the local elections, the ridiculous yacht, oh and the palace with theca’s and perks and the extended family and friends that deserve money for being gold medalists in sucking up and being toad like. After that little lot, the rest can be saved for a rainy day, in The Channel Islands or Switzerland or Thailand.
    Mr Average must feel physically sick reading this. Pure evil.

  8. Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:48 AM 

    So that is how come Maldives is awash with Brown Sugar. Maldives – Yameen – Singapore – oil – heroin – Maldives

  9. Thas on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:13 AM 

    A very good story. Just prove it in a Maldivian court or elsewhere.

  10. Shocked on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:19 AM 

    I know I shouldn’t be surprised but still…… ***gasp***!!!

  11. Raagodi. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:29 AM 

    I know the leaders of our country know about this and simply do nothing or are unable to do anything, either way lots of Maldivians are aware of this.

    I seriously do not know why the present government or the opposition parties are not pursuing after this looted monies of ours, I am beginning to wonder are all these politician part of this racket.

    No news about the people who tortured us, our parents or our children. Adam Zahir is better of during this government than during the Ex president time.

    We do not hear any one talking about the day light robbery carried out by Ex President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s brother in law Illiyas Ibrahim who practicaly robbed out fishing industry FBID.

    What kind of a government is this? what kind of a opposition party are we having? I seriously think good people of this country should raise up like the Egyptian and fight to get out monies at least.

    All these politician wants is Power but do not want to help us get looted assets of our country to us.

    “Heyo veri kameh nukure vey ne” without attending to these matters. Its the poor people of this country who suffer because of this, its their money these people have stolen. 300,000 people fate should not be in this predicament. Maldivian should be much better of than this.

    All the money we got during the hay days of our fishing and tourism were stolen by Ex President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Brother Yameen and his Brother in law Illiyas Ibrahim and Ex Prsident is the who conducted the orchestra to rob this country and torture.

    And when our Arab brothers gave us oil at a cheap rate this too Yameen and his gang has stolen.

    we must strive and struggle to get it back.

    No body is even talking about it lately.

  12. Mithra on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 11:29 AM 

    That is a shit load of money that’s been ripped off. Justice must be served

  13. Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 11:36 AM 

    For evil people to flourish they only need to have a corrupt judiciary to protect them and then to muddy the trail.

    For this individual it was simple and still he continues to name scapegoats in his deceitful way to clear his tacks.

    When someone is this devious we cannot allow them to bend and use our system against us to say prove it, we must act to save ourselves from corruption and recover the money at any cost.

    Those that are dirty in their ways deserve the same in return, they do not deserve the privilege of perverted justice, the real thing is needed.

    Being nice to evil people is never appreciated by them a as second chance, only more weakness from the people they betrayed in the first place.

    Mubarak did not walk because he saw the light, he walked because the page of history turned, do we have the courage to do the same?

  14. Capt. Ali on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 11:40 AM 

    I think the commission found no wrong doings on former STO MD Manik’s side, so he is cleared and appointed as CEO of Pension :-)

    This money laundering is still going on, Muneez plays a big role.

  15. golha and the gang on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:01 PM 

    Its not true, its simply not true….

  16. Mahjub Shujau on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:07 PM 

    If the government cannot handle this, let the public take over the judiciary and ensure we get justice, the money, one way or the other.

  17. Impunity on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:19 PM 

    Impunity is the bane of our existence :/

  18. alibe on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:50 PM 

    Yameen is crook!! with his B*****DS even in this government. They have secretly creeped into the government and obtain high level posts and now comfortable!!

  19. Rasheed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:50 PM 

    Huh? Another story to sell? to defame Yameen. I wdont know why this goverment bribe people to write stories about the Political Leader. Anni is so afraid of Yameen. He hires people from diferent parts of the world to write against his rivals.
    800 Million dollar Money Laundring Fraud escaped from Singapore Police???? How on earth? Who is to belive that. Mr Robinson how much are you being paid? Did you check from Singapore Police that this investigation is being carried? I am sure No. You cant just write whats written on a paper.

    WhyMr Robinson have not checked the facts with than STO MD Mr. Manik? or the Singapore MD? I think he should have checked from them before writing such an article. When you talk about US$80O Million tell us how you arrived that amount? This is bloody shit intended to defame Mr. Yameen.

  20. Ahmed Aliased on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:53 PM 

    I think the Singaporean police will prove it more clearly and way more effectively than the corrupt law enforcement, judiciary and judges here ever will.

    Run if you want, DRP boys – we’re on to you. Whether you run or fight, it makes no difference; the moment the people choose to topple the previous regime, you should have escaped to Switzerland to live out your days on the stolen money of the people.

    And even doing that wouldn’t have saved you from us. We too, can go to Switzerland. :3

  21. International Eyebrows on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 12:54 PM 

    Some good work by the former auditor general and the team. But I’m wondering why people named in this article are still holding prominent positions in this government.
    In order to be credible as an anti corruption campaigner, the president urgently needs to clean up the current government.

  22. Ibrahim on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:03 PM 

    Sir Robinson, if MOCOM is a subsidiary of STO, where is its directors? cant you clarify some information from them? Why have they not been asked abt their trading? Whether its legitimate or not? Why the trading profits had gone? You should have interviewed them before publishing this article
    I dont find doing business Burma as a problem. The whole purpose of STO Singapore is earning foreign currency for STO’s trading. After all we have been importing rice from Burma for a long long time. There is no wrong in that.
    If this case is being investigated why have you not confirmed or asked about it from STO Maldives MD or STO Singapore MD? I see it too hastly written to slander Yameen? I can tell you that an in Indian news paper wrote abt Mr Presedent Nasheed Drinking SHULA SHIRAZ. Why you guys never covered that topic? We know that MINIVAN is sponsored by president Nasheed to promote his ideology and to harass his political opponents

  23. n.didi on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:12 PM 

    who is sana mansoor ? if we are still getting subsidized oil why local oil prices do not fall ? is this scam still going on with current STO heads ? like soarey ?

    Heyo Verikan doesn’t mean unjust OK President.

    Dear President ,

    You are sadly trapped and hijacked , You can re-investigate FPID case as long as Mariya remain in MDP. You cannot arrest Yaamin as long as Jesus Afeef & Mausoom & jabir in MDP.

    I never thought Mohamed Nasheed would ever be trapped , but look at you, Poor fellow.

  24. Shaheer on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:16 PM 

    Mr. robinson I think You should be more careful when you write such an article. I saw that some local news paper earlier as well tried to bring up with a story abput Yameen’s onnection with Stephen Law. I can gurentee you that Maldivian Police from a special order by The President Nasheed tried to investigate the case. They even checked all the accounts Yameen. But they couldn’t come up with anything agaist him. Yameen challenged the news paper on the cour and he won the case agaist the news paper.
    I can tell you that this government has been paying previous “special advisor” to the president Mr Afeef to findout any wrong doings from Mr Yameen. His main task was to check all the files and papers of the organizations where Yameen had worked. I can also gurentee that that the former Audito General Mr Naeem went 4 times to Audit STO Singapore to find the “corruptions” of Mr yameen. But he came up with none. I can also tell you that while Mr Yameen was held in Aarah, president Nashed tried his best to charge him with corruption, during those days he brought some britidh Auditors to audit STO Singapore and even they couldn’t find any wrong doings of Mr Yameen. This is absolutely CRAP!

  25. KKM on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:24 PM 

    what to do.. very sad ANNI

  26. Aishath Velezinee on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:40 PM 

    The matters raised in this article gives reason why certain individuals in positions of high power fear Independence of Judges and an Independent Judiciary.

    Speaker Abdulla Shahid indeed abused his Office and breached Trust, manipulating his Seats in both Parliament and the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) as member under Article 158(a), to subvert Rule of Rule by acting against the Constitution and State, using JSC as cover. All in a bid to avoid any change to the judicial administration of the former Government.

    Independence of Judges, and an Independent Judiciary with judges who are qualified and competent, with the wisdom and tenacity to be independent and impartial, and act without fear or favour is a necessary first step for the Maldives’ to consolidate democracy.

    Aishath Velezinee
    Member appointed to the Judicial Service Commission under Constitution Article 158(h)

  27. Hassan on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:47 PM 

    This Yameen man breathes, walks, talks and eats all evil. He is an evil monster who need to annihilated from the Maldivian political landscape. Mr President, if cannot, we will. We will do it, Insha Allah.

  28. rose underwear on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 1:57 PM 

    @ n.didi
    sana manoor is the sister of amir mansoor( tennis player)

  29. Mickey on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:03 PM 

    At Jameela: You should look at the facts and details before you go on accusing people. The report only mentions Gayyoom and Yameen – stick to that or you would be sorry.

  30. dhon kamana on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:06 PM 

    @Rasheed
    So You must be in on this whole corruption case to defend yameen.. Tell me how much did you pocket?? millions?

  31. Shahid on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:08 PM 

    Even with evidence and third party proof there are people defending and still in denial. God help you too.

  32. John Nash on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:11 PM 

    whois sana mansoor ? where’s she now ? and the other lady too! so are we going to let mr. manik loot our pension fund too !

  33. Sammy on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:17 PM 

    This is not absolutely crap, THIS IS REALITY! Yaameen is the biggest thief in the world! May Allah Save our country from such evil doers and punish them in the deepest darkest areas of hell! YOU’RE GOING DOWN YAAMEEN! INsha Allah!

  34. Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:40 PM 

    ANNI WILL NOT LET ANYONE PROSECUTE THEM NOT EVEN SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT. ANNI WILL GO TO SINGAPORE TO SAVE YAMIN AND GAYOOM.

    this is politics.

  35. 501 on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:41 PM 

    Interesting : )

  36. Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:42 PM 

    What will Anni do with Manik?? Will he let him keep his job still? I think yes. Anni has no guts.

  37. Ibrahim on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:46 PM 

    Sana Mansoor is now the Financial Controller of STO even now and executive Director of STO board.

    Fathmath Ashan is the Human Resource Manager of STO even now,

    Pleae check the annual report 2009 you can see them and their pictures:

    http://www.stomaldives.com/investor/reports/2009/annual_report_2009_eng.pdf

    MY QUESTION IS WHY GOVERNMENT IS NOT TAKING ANY ACTION??? JUST USING THESE REPORTS FOR POLITICS.

    STILL USING THE SAME METHODOLOGY OF CORRUPTION AND CORRUPT INDUVIDUALS.

    MEE HAMA EHKALA MAUMOON GE USOOL, KAASHEY LAEYMEN EKAMAKU NAMA NAMA GONDIYAA (VERIKAMAA) NUKULEYSHEVE.

    NO JUSTICE PREVAILED WITHOUT ANY GOVERNMENT ACTIONS, SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE BECOME FROM MANDELA TO MUGABE.

  38. Naasira on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 2:59 PM 

    This is absolutely shocking. We always suspected that Yameen was corrupt, but this is simply too much.

    I hope that the authorities investigate this matter properly and bring Mr. Yameen and his thugs to justice.

  39. Skcu on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:20 PM 

    don’t u guys know how to create a pdf document? all separate JPG files! please don’t be so lazy and please help us save our time! :D

  40. rudey on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:41 PM 

    sick idiots

  41. Ali on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:43 PM 

    I just read the article in the week and if the work done by the investigators are true this is one of the best jobs done to catch an ex dictator who is a fox but shows us a face as an angel.It’s high time our beloved countrymen understood the true face of this coward and his family.He and his family has not only ripped off our nation but destroyed the dignity of our beautiful motherland for generations to come.He should be brought to the court of justice immediately be it in Maldives or elsewhere.

  42. munzir on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:47 PM 

    Holy ***t

  43. ADHD on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:49 PM 

    hmmm!!!!!. I dont understand this. i know..i know.. it’s just me.

  44. Divert on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 3:49 PM 

    Yameen cannot use STO to transfer money for his children’s expenses. That is against company rules. It is enough to have him investigated. It gives enough to give a case for investigation. Lets start there.

    With investigations in Singapore it sounds more credible than just Nasheed trying to tarnish Yameen’s reputation. Maybe the investigation can be take n further to see the connections to drugs.

    Whatever it is, it has been frustratingly slow in the present administration’s investigation at all, in looking into matters of the previous regime after MDP has hollowed out their accusations. I cannot appreciate the “lies” if it was (refer the first appearance of Nasheed and Maumoon on Tv after elections)simply a campaign tactic.

    Finally, yes Naeem was removed by the Parliament. How much power do we citizens was to vest in MPs who only care about what they can reap.

    Do is the better DEVIL?

  45. Sato on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:16 PM 

    Some shit conspiracy in an Indian newspaper is nothing to cheer. This is annis tactic to satisfy his supporters who are in the illusion of aneh dhivehiraajje. I bet nothing will happen to Yameen and courts in Maldives or elsewhere can’t prove him guilty. You blind supporters of this government who claim to be too intelligent and educated will believe in this kind of crap. Its like the WMD in iraq. If there is any truth in this there is no need to write an article about this in an indian newspaper affiliated to gmr. Why don’t they investigate the directors of MOCOM and the MD of STO.

  46. Asi on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:20 PM 

    If this is the case , wtf is the present Maldives Government doing? The former Governmenet has flushed most of ‘my’ (as a Maldivian) money in foreign bank accounts and the present is just watching the fun and laughing at a corner.Mr.Nasheedh, do something and arrest those bastards!Iguess u’v had enough evidence by now.

  47. yoyoma on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:22 PM 

    end this or get over it

  48. truth on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:40 PM 

    For all those people who is defending Yaameen and his thugs SHAME ON YOU. What and how much have you taken?

    Why would an indian newspaper make up stories, what possible benefit do they get for publishing crap.. this is presented with facts… if you cant suck it up just shut up… it is people like you who have worked for your own self ineterst while the country is going into chaos..

    In Egypt we saw 19 days of protesting and clashes between people, not a single person stabbed.. had it been here it would be a totally different story…

    That is how backward we have gone.. here it is always the self interest of these high ranking money laundering people and those who are on their pay slips.. and yet they all talk about the greater good for the people..

    i say people wake up..

    no wonder they deal with the Junta, these people are no different than them… and people say wats wrong with that.. WHATS WRONG WITH THAT IS THE STUFF WAS BOUND TO COME HERE.. NOT BEING SOLD TO A MILITARY REGIME AND POCKET THE MONEY THEMSELVES.. pathetic idiots!!!

  49. moodhu on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:42 PM 

    This is all bullshit! Why? cos he will still roam free and Nothing can be done. I repeat “Nothing” can be done. Which proves he is innocent!

  50. mohamed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 4:50 PM 

    I wonder how these former regime cronies live in our nation peacefully after what they have all done to our people and this great country. These are corrupt thugs. I blame President Nashid for all this and his “hithiri” strategy. We have all witnessed yesterday how the Egypt regime ended its power. A great replica of how we got our freedom. All the potential assets of Husnee Mubarik’s have already been frozen. Why was Nasheed not able to do such a thing.

  51. naju on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:17 PM 

    We the people of Maldives hereby request President Nasheed to do all what he can do to investigate the Yameen’s Case which we all believe is an OBLIGATION for the President but not a FAVOR for the people

    Please do the needful without any further delay….Criminals are not only SMART but they OVER-SMART….will clean or wash the DIRTY 800 million US Dollars soon

  52. i know on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:26 PM 

    i don’t think there would be lot of sana mansoors in this country. and fathimath ashan…i know at least one who is related to a popular sports star hehehe. interesting…somebody should be asking them questions…someone from the government is what i mean… :)

  53. Rahin Iskender on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:35 PM 

    Ironically the story came out on a day when Hosni Mubarak was forced to quit after 30 years. Exactly the number of years Gayoom ruled Maldives till he lost the first democratic election in the country. And how can we Maldivians forget so easily that just 4 months back, in this letter to UK PM david cameron (http://minivannews.com/files/2010/11/LettertoDavidCameron.pdf), Gayoom said that “I have retired from politics.” Yet, in january, as he came back from malaysia, he blatantly lied saying that he never has!!!!

  54. Mohamed Ali on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:42 PM 

    kihineh dhen mi gabool kureveynee thedheh kamah. kurin kee maumoon ge bank account eh ga 80 million Dollar hurivaahaka. ekm kihineh vee emme fahun. ehen kee meeha faleeheh vee. saabithu nuhifey vaahaka dhahkaaane kameh neh.prove it.

  55. Haneef on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:47 PM 

    Disgusting! I hope Anni tries Yaameen in an international court and bring back the money home!

  56. ibrahim on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:47 PM 

    Dear Mr. President Anni,

    I do not think you have shown a good governance of the Maldives especially with Justice systems and providing justice to the people of maldives. Maumoom and his allies ripped this nation long before you even thought of coming to power. “Adhives hih thiri kohgen geyga idhey” fennaane dehkkeyne ehves hekkeh nuhunnane. Huhtas US$800 million othee supreme courtuge judges ah pay koh nimifa. Prove kohdheveyne ehcheh dhen nufennane.

  57. hussein on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 5:52 PM 

    YAMIN – A NATIONAL POLITICAL HERO AND INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS MOGUL.

    THE ONLY TOUGH GUY IN TOWN WITH THE GUTS TO CUT AN OIL DEAL WITH INTERNATIONAL WARLORDS!

    I DONT THINK EVEN ALI MANIK CAN STOMACH A DEAL LIKE THIS AND WALK AROUND PRETENDING TO BE INNOCENT.

    WAY TO GO YAMIN, PROUD OF YOU – OUR OWN HOME GROWN OIL BARON!

  58. zeen on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 6:15 PM 

    The story is true we have evidence to prove it and we will do it this time. Most people mentioned in the report have agreed to cooperate to save them from prosecution. After all we want the big fishes let the small one return to the sea. Wait and watch how we do it.

  59. jj on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 6:49 PM 

    this article is too long and too incompetent, minivan news staffs should, star reporting mnbc1′s program schedule.

  60. ganoonu on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 6:53 PM 

    no need to write or talk about it, only few knows the reality of it, my excellency and my dear bother Yameen just rejected the claim and gave an interview to Haveeru.com. Thats it just keep quite, all these are baseless allegations, you can see great examples from countries that are ruled for life time by one person, our godly president gayoom is not like them, he is not Ben Ali of Tunisa, he is much more decent than that. there is nothing anyone can do to him. he is much cleaver than Ben ALI and Hosni Mubarak. Grayoom is great, I think majority of maldivians wants him as the leader for all eternity. Long live our king

  61. Hussain on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:04 PM 

    I think this is true. The Maumoon regime is a corrupted regime. Why yameen became rich in months. Even hameed. He was able to educate his family when we all of us are struggling for higher education.These are corrupted people and we should not be suppporting them.

  62. peasant on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:08 PM 

    Nuthin wrong with Yamin, the trouble is with us the people, we are just too damn stupid, compared to his (possibly psychopathic) intelligence. Whats more- we match our stupidity with an equal dose of arrogance.

    Why else would, despite all evidence, circumstantial, nonetheless enough if not convict him- at least make him pariah in any sane society would he be strutting around in the Majlis?

    Bandits like him will crop up in every where, where they can get away with robbery.

    I’m not worried though- I’m glad that steps against corruption are being taken, we showed that Auditor that he can’t use ‘our’ money to buy a tie and expect to keep his job.

  63. Mohamed Rasheed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:25 PM 

    The story sounds credible. I am confident of justice being served if the investigation and trial is in Singapore. For the few here trying to defend Yameen, shame. For the GOM may ALLAH grant you the wisdom to deal with this patiently and properly, so that the guilty parties are brought to justice.

  64. Shifan on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:25 PM 

    I think shaheer is wrong. although you work in STO…Shaheer , you are a close ally of Yameen and all the hidden planning is done by this fellow….. there must be a good investigation on this Shaheer’s inner circle.

  65. Ilyas Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:26 PM 

    It all needed Sumon Chakrabati – CNN’s Chief International Correspondent in India to blow the lid off the biggest crime in the History of Maldives!

    Another excellent piece of journalism from the famous investigative reporter who in the past had exposed similar major corruption in Indian politics.

    Every single allegation in the article is true. And this is just the tip of this ice berg. One name omitted in the article is Shaheer of STO who was another major crony of Yameen who had been involved in corruption with this gang.

    Yameen is a cook. So is his side kick Nazim. The money siphoned off from these corruption and embezzlement went to the pocket of Gayoom and wife too.

    The government has all the evidence to put Yameen behind bars for life. The Oil deals were just one part of the illegal and corrupt business interests of the the Mafia Boss Yameen.

  66. hameed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:28 PM 

    what happened to the findings of Presidential Commission? This is another desperate and despicable attempt by the current regime.

  67. Capt. Ali on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:30 PM 

    You guys can keep screaming, President Nasheed cant do nothing, if he tries to play smart, Zaki, Naseem, maria, Sato,Jabir, Soarey etc..etc..will be busted

  68. mandey on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:31 PM 

    is it really true..if so..why the government is not taking any actions on this…just writing wont be enough..has to act..why the government is sleeping?…where are the ppl who promised that they wil bring these kind of ppl to justice?..whats happening?..do the government and those who shouted really want to bring these kind of ppl to justice or just doing the shouting for the publicity?…..

  69. hassan on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 7:40 PM 

    this must be future news. cuz the date stated is 20th Feb 2011.

  70. ben on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:44 PM 

    Give back what belongs to the people, Maldivian Administration.

  71. Gi. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:50 PM 

    oh people this is our country, why are we staying like lamb ass holes.

    Our country is rich, come on, lets get our money back. are we going to allow Muamoon and Mubarak stay in a holiday village’s. while we suffer.

    What happen to the funds Illiyas Ibrahim swallowed . Just because he keeps his mouth shut to caress the chamapa and buruma.

    Its time to get our money back.

    Wake up. we are talking about 400,000 people. if we look into there pockets we will live a good life.

  72. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:55 PM 

    Let get our money back.

  73. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:57 PM 

    Hello haven’t we been patient enough. let get our money back.

  74. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:57 PM 

    Students all over the world lets get our money back.

  75. Superhero on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:58 PM 

    I think this country doesn’t need any more bogus politicians. They all wants power nothing more . Are we really waiting for batman or superman to clean the mess!! When we saying nothing is done , just look at how many people roam around maumoon and yameen, as if they were some kind of immortal. To some extent we all are cowards . Wish superhero were real to clean our dirty city.

  76. meeha on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:58 PM 

    n. didi. why are you saying “You cannot arrest Yaamin as long as Jesus Afeef & Mausoom & jabir in MDP.” can you elaborate?

  77. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 8:59 PM 

    Wake up, lets get our money back

  78. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:01 PM 

    I have to beg brumaa gasim to get my tuition fees. but now I know it can be paid easily by the goverment. come on guys lets get our money back.

  79. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:02 PM 

    Its your money dear. you wanna stay without doing anything.

  80. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:08 PM 

    get up stand up,lets
    get our money back.

  81. roll on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:08 PM 

    guys! guys! have some common sense here doesn’t all this reek of fish?? look at the big picture … just look at the events and tell me if it doesn’t look “arranged”….first the near deadlock of the council elections and suddenly yameen’s back on the breaking news ..where was this story all this time….and 800 million!! cumon!!.. if you are trynna make a legitimate accusation atleast bring a figure thats within a realistic boundary!! …….this is just pure entertainment! please publish stories with more creditability

  82. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:10 PM 

    lets get our money back.

  83. Ilyas Ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:18 PM 

    Maumoon was the President when all this money was stolen and international crimes committed.

    He facilitated Yameen to carry out these crimes and directly had a share of the profits from the shadow dealings in oil.

    Unless this country can put these two Mafia brothers behind bars for life, no stability will come to the Country.

  84. come. on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:23 PM 

    J.J.Robinson are you scared. we want our monies back. We want our monies back.

  85. Superhero on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:26 PM 

    Stop saying lets get the money. Tell us a plan to get it.

  86. battey on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:30 PM 

    this is a write up from a corrupt inidian writer, they wud write anything for a piece of bread. a dollar wud do for such of piece of work. some one please do a back ground check of these writers. how many times they have done such jobs for people.

  87. Shahid on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:31 PM 

    I agree, let,s get our money back, but we will have to unite and come together to do this !

  88. Muad MZ on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:34 PM 

    Government needs to fire anyone involved in this, otherwise it will be seen as supporting something which is internationally watched.

  89. proof of corruption on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:35 PM 

    Only corrupt people flock around Yameen- proof that Yameen is in the thick of it.

  90. Justice on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 9:44 PM 

    People: He bought a tie with our money!

    Justice: You are fired!

    People: He stole $800 million from us!

    Justice: Diapers are expensive!

  91. Ali on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:13 PM 

    It looks like Gayaaom and Yameen owe each Maldivian national RF 34,266. I presume this is just one of many frauds. We should go to their houses to demand reimbursements.

  92. egon on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:18 PM 

    Give us our money back

  93. ahmed on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:18 PM 

    Now lets come with proof

  94. ibrahim on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 10:33 PM 

    Yaameen! Yaameen! Yaameen!
    So you’ve gone and secured your Privileges Bill; secured a lifetime on the bench for Brother Gayoom’s selected judges, and given them pay-hikes with more money from our run out coffers?
    Protective measures, huh?

  95. Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb on Sat, 12th Feb 2011 11:28 PM 

    How was Yameen able to educate his kids in Singapore? We all know how expensive that must have been.

    We would like to know how he managed to do this on the salary of a Maldivian government Minister back then!

  96. jim on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 12:06 AM 

    Lets Get Our Money Back………..

  97. jim on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 12:11 AM 

    and SHAME ON ANNI……. and we know y,,, Yaamin cannot be touched because FPID lady is the Puppet Master

  98. Yameen on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 2:53 AM 

    I will be at Jangiya’s place.. Please come and protest, so I can go to Aarah. Nice wine there.. hmmm..

  99. Jameela on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 4:16 AM 

    Remember Gayoom still contemplating to sue New York Times for their story which says Gayoom took $400 million dollars. He is considering to sue everyone but he will never win anything outside the country. In Maldives his puppets are still running the judiciary. This is a true story. If Gayoom was there in power he could have asked STO former MD Maniku to show all the details. These are crooks and wonder why Anni is finding it so difficult to bring them to justice and/or to recover this money which is being used to finance their elections.

  100. Hameed on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 4:18 AM 

    The only way we can get even a fraction of this money is to bring Justice to them. Anni is coward, a big mouth. He is complacent with these crooks. Unless we take law into our hands, all these politicians are going to take us for another ride. We have to protest until Anni take actions to find this money for us.

  101. Nizam Ibrahim on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 4:24 AM 

    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.

  102. void on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 8:09 AM 

    @battey

    it seems suman chakraborthy is a well known journalist in india

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

  103. ibra on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 8:09 AM 

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

  104. MARIYAM on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 8:43 AM 

    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

  105. c-bag on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 8:45 AM 

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

  106. Adviser on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 9:59 AM 

    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..

  107. ibrahim Mohamed on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 11:17 AM 

    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.

  108. ibrahim shareef on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 11:37 AM 

    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

  109. faaru on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 11:52 AM 

    YAMEEN IS A THIEF?! who knew?

  110. egon on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 12:12 PM 

    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.

  111. The Joker on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 12:12 PM 

    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?

  112. Sato on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 12:14 PM 

    @ 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.

  113. Hassan on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 1:05 PM 

    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.

  114. dheyo on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 1:17 PM 

    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

  115. dheyo on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 1:24 PM 

    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

  116. oh noes on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 1:58 PM 

    yameen is a thief? well, we certainly didn’t see this one coming.

  117. See Extra XXX Yumna on Sun, 13th Feb 2011 5:47 PM 

    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.

  118. safari on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 12:19 AM 

    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…

  119. ALi Rasheed on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 6:47 AM 

    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!!

  120. Ahmed Aliased on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 7:45 AM 

    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.

  121. moosa on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 9:12 AM 

    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.

  122. zeen on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 12:21 PM 

    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.

  123. Trying to be clear on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 2:41 PM 

    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.

  124. ahmed on Wed, 16th Feb 2011 2:12 AM 

    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.

  125. Dorian on Sat, 19th Feb 2011 8:22 AM 

    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.

  126. Ahmed Asif on Sun, 15th May 2011 5:11 AM 

    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?

  127. dhooni raajje on Tue, 21st Jun 2011 1:14 PM 

    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

  128. Low on Wed, 2nd Nov 2011 9:23 PM 

    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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