Maldives Police Services says it has suspended 5 of its officers in relation to the scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation MMPRC that saw millions of state funds used as bribes and hush money.

Police said the investigation of the scandal has revealed that five of its officers have received bribes from MMPRC and a criminal as well as organization level investigation was already underway.

Police said that these five officers have now been suspended from their duties.

Earlier this month, Prosecutor General PG Hussain Shameem said that authorities have now identified new branches that stemmed from the scandal and these branches include law enforcement agencies. He said that members of the judiciary as well as members of the armed forces and police officers were involved in this branch of the scandal.

Speaking on Raaje TV’s Falasuruhee program, PG Shameem said that such allegations of corruption and misuse of power are currently under investigation and that authorities are working around the clock to bring these investigations to a close.

Shameem also highlighted that major political leaders were also involved in the scandal. He added that these include individuals who are currently holding office as cabinet ministers and that they might not be the main conspirators behind the scandal.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had vowed to investigate the MMPRC scandal when he first took office as the President and had formed a commission to further expedite the investigations into the cases of corruption and fraud. But MPs from ruling party MDP have lately voiced concern over the inaction of the commission.