Stealing Paradise: The Maagau Mystery
Sep 7, 2016
No dnt think so… Few knws v made a deal. Bt figures??? N transactions?? From: TC Dave
I cald my brother. He swears he ddnt tel anybody. From: TC Dave
Even v dnt knw da ful name of Tossi. From: TC Dave
Timestamp: 28/08/2014 08:06:22(UTC+0)
Bro seems Tossi z da culprit
Later texts suggest there was a dispute between Tourism Minister Adeeb and the chief executive of New Mood resorts, Gianandrea Tosi. The minister and the businessman were in direct contact. From: Gianandrea Tosi
Timestamp: 10/08/2014 08:29:53(UTC+0)
please arrange an extension for the deadline of sept the 18th for the master plan.please write me here for any news.best regards.Tosi
P.S. Till waiting for your trip details for Europe
It appears New Mood was under a deadline to carry out a survey, but had been unable to do so because local people had "installations" on the island that needed to be cleared. Tosi contacted Adeeb and begged for a deadline delay. When it did not come, he issued a warning that he was ready to take legal action. From: TC Dave
Timestamp: 12/09/2014 18:20:09(UTC+0)
Bro.. Tossi z hiring a lawyer tomorrow. A single txt wud b fruitful i guess. Adeeb's secretary sent him a text message on the same day saying, "Mr Tosi is here for a meeting with you". After that, the correspondence stopped. It appears Tosi got what he wanted. Forged Letter
There is more than just a suspicious payment to a private company, a gangster middleman and a jailed minister. There is also the case of a forged letter from New Mood resorts. It appears not to be part of the crime, but the cover-up. During Minister Adeeb's embezzlement of $80m of Tourism Ministry funds, he transferred around $2.5m to his uncle. The Auditor General, Niyaz Ibrahim, noticed the transaction and began asking questions. In an attempt to cover his tracks, Adeeb claimed that New Mood resorts had paid back $2.5m to the government on behalf of his uncle. Adeeb provided a forged letter that appeared to be from New Mood as proof and hoped it would explain away the missing money. When New Mood told the Auditor General that the letter was a forgery, Adeeb turned instead to a pair of corrupt police officers: "u guys need to focus on this auditor general," he wrote to them in August 2014. They agreed and put Niyaz Ibrahim under surveillance. "Blast it at any cost"
Abdulla Didi, of the Special Operations section of the Maldives Police Service, replied: "its on. n he is under survailence. " His colleague, Saif Hussain, had also been spying on the Auditor General. "We checked that place. Lots of camera everywhere. Nt police . Mndf op is there. Hep office op. Cos the place is in red zone. Detail planning needs to be dne"
Tourism Minister Adeeb was impatient. He wanted the case to go away as soon as possible. He replied, "Ok but need to blast it at any cost. "
'sure.lets do it. ' came the reply from Didi. Niyaz Ibrahim with President Yameen
Niyaz Ibrahim was shocked when he read the text messages shared between the tourism minister and secret police. He labelled their activities "state sponsored terrorism". "How can they do this? " he asked. "Such a dirty government. I never imagined these things were going on at this level. "
After releasing his report, Niyaz Ibrahim was dismissed from his role as Auditor General. He was replaced by the brother of one of the senior officials who helped Adeeb embezzle millions of dollars. Baglioni Hotels told Al Jazeera that it is not aware of any corruption in relation to the island deal. Gianandrea Tosi said New Mood Resorts say they have always been compliant with the laws and regulations of the Maldives and have never been involved in any illicit or illegal activities. They add that the relevant authorities in the Maldives have undertaken an investigation into the alleged issues and have not found any irregularities or wrongdoing on the part of New Mood Resorts. Alberto Peruzzo says that he and his company "have nothing to do with any bribe or with any other illegal action". He maintains that he paid according to the directions provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, who issued a receipt. Peruzzo added that any payments had the sole purpose of acquisition of the head lease for the island of Maagau. He stated that his company now owns a 38 percent stake in New Mood Resorts. Ahmed Adeeb denies any wrongdoing. Abdulla Didi and Saif Hussain did not respond to requests for comment. Source: Al Jazeera News
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