The Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives (ACC) has released a statement, declaring that the ventilator corruption case forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office has sufficient evidence to press charges against the indicted individuals. In the Statement, ACC outlined a brief timeline of the corruption scandal in procuring 75 ventilators.
According to the statement, the Health ministry had requested for a special permit to procure the 75 ventilators without going through the National Tender board as the project value was above MVR2.5 million. A special permit with a validity of 1 month was granted by the Finance Ministry on 13th February 2020 and again on 17th March 2020.
The statement also revealed that the Health ministry had requested the Attorney General’s Office for legal counsel with the draft of the procurement agreement, for which the Attorney General’s Office advised to follow the Finance Ministry’s advice. However, by then the Health Ministry had already signed a back-dated agreement with the suppliers on the 16th of April 2020, contravening Article 10.03 of the State Fiscal Act.
The statement by the ACC also states that the case forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office has sufficient evidence to charge the individuals with corruption. They also revealed that the commission will be reviewing the case following the Prosecutor General’s Office’s rejection to prosecute the 11 individuals involved in the case.