Home minister and Chair of National Asset Recovery Commission Azleen Ahmed said they are not investigating a corruption case against the current government.
Speaking at a press conference held at the President’s Office on Tuesday, minister Azleen said the commission is not tasked to stop corruption, but rather their duty is to recover state money that has been lost and ensure that the state receives it.
Responding to a question posed by a journalist, minister said the current government has not committed corruption and neither has the previous governments. Corruption is committed by people and not a government, he said.
Although the commission is not investigating a corruption case against the government, minister Azleen pointed out that they were investigating the bankruptcy of MPID and Air Maldives, and corruption cases against MMPRC and WAMCO.
Furthermore, minister said the commission is not working for specific political figures or for a particular regime.
However, the opposition has been stating that President Abdulla Yameen’s government is the most corrupt government the country had seen. The only purpose of creating the Asset Recovery Commission is to harass the opposition, they said.
The commission was established on July 20 last year for a period of one year. However, the president has now extended its term until November this year, by which their work would be completed, minister Azleen said.