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Maldivians asked to report on possible graft of prior gov't

AP  |  Colombo 

The has asked citizens to report information regarding allegations of and abuse of power during the tenure of the defeated in elections last year.

The request, in a statement from the president's office on Wednesday, came a day after police questioned former over alleged illegal financial transactions for a third time.

The statement said information on cases of and abuse of power within state institutions from January 1, 2012, to November 17, 2018, could be reported via written submission to the Presidential Commission on and Asset Recovery. Yameen was for most of that period. Submissions should be made before February 24.

The commission was established by new when he assumed office in November, in keeping with his electoral pledge of a clean government and to investigate alleged misdeeds of Solih defeated Yameen in elections in September.

Yameen's tenure from 2013 to 2018 was marked with allegations of misrule, corruption and human rights violations.

Police have previously said that they found transactions of big sums of money through accounts opened by Yameen over five years of his presidency and said accounts with nearly $6.5 million in both US dollars and Maldivian currency had been frozen pending further investigations.

Police questioned Yameen over the weekend for a second time. After the interrogation, Yameen said police did not accuse him of any crime.

Yameen said police questioned him over cash received ahead of the September election and complaints that USD 1 million linked to a financial scam allegedly were found in his account. He said the $1 million allegedly linked to a USD 79 million fraud had already been investigated and that he asked police to get the details from the

He said the money he received ahead of the election was deposited into his lawfully declared campaign accounts.

Yameen has insisted that police questioned him only over the investigation, but has not specified whether he was accused of any wrongdoing.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 13:56 IST