The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed the initiation of investigations into allegations of corruption linked to former government officials. The probe is centred around accusations that these individuals exploited their positions to secure unlawful advantages via state-owned entities.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the ACC disclosed its focus on complaints that suggest illicit activities involving ex-parliamentarians and ministers. These allegations encompass irregular financial transactions from state enterprises to private companies with ownership ties to the accused.

Details regarding the specific sectors or identities of those under scrutiny remain undisclosed. However, recent media speculation points to the involvement of high-ranking officials from the previous administration, including members of the cabinet.

This development emerges as the Maldives approaches its parliamentary elections scheduled for 17 March, amidst the candidacy of several individuals previously or currently under investigation. The ACC, while tight-lipped about the finer details of the probe, has underscored its commitment to addressing corruption at all levels of government.