Auditor General Ziyath on list of MMPRC corruption beneficiaries

Auditor General Hassan Ziyath. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

The list sent by Corruption and Asset Recovery Commission to the Parliament reveals Auditor General Hassan Ziyath to be one of the suspected beneficiaries of the MMPRC corruption scandal.

The joint parliamentary committee composed of members of Judiciary Committee and Security Services Committee, which conducted an inquiry into the case, passed its report on Wednesday afternoon.

The report states the list will be released without altercation as an appendix attached to the report.

 The list sent by Asset Recovery Commission includes the name of the Auditor General.

Sun has been informed that former Vice President and Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor – who ran the corruption scheme, told the Asset Recovery Commission in his statement that he gave money to Hassan Ziyath.

However, the amount of money is unclear.

Hassan Ziyath ran for the Hulhu-Henveiru parliamentary seat as a PPM candidate during the former administration.

And his elder brother, Abdulla Ziyath had been serving as MMPRC’s managing director at the time, and worked closely with Adeeb in embezzling funds from MMPRC.

Both Adeeb and Ziyath have admitted to stealing public funds, and spending it on bribing State officials, judges and parliamentarians.

They both made plea deals with the state and are currently serving their prisons sentences under home confinement.

Other state officials on the list include Sports Minister Ahmed Mahloof and State Minister for Housing Akram Kamaaluddin – both of whom had also been on the list of suspected beneficiaries in an investigative report released by Anti-Corruption Commission back in 2019. They were later cleared of wrongdoing by ACC, but have again been included in the list by Asset Recovery Commission which is conducting a fresh investigation into the case.