Report exposes Maldives ‘orgy of corruption’ ahead of election

An investigation has uncovered new details about Maldives government corruption days before a presidential election and weeks after the European Union moved to sanction its leaders.

Published on Tuesday, the research finds that at least 50 of the nation’s prized tropical island leases were obtained, often at hugely discounted prices without public tender, and – according to the country’s top auditor – were illegal.

President Abdulla Yameen, who is hoping to secure a second term on Sunday, intervened to help clear at least 24 deals to lease islands to tourism companies, the report says.

The president was also personally involved in direct discussions about at least one of those deals, according to the report.

Leaked chat logs and other documents reportedly appear to show one of Singapore’s richest men, Ong Beng Seng, offering luxury hotel rooms to the president and former vice president.

The hotel tycoon, who runs a number of Maldives

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