Frequently Asked Questions

The National Integrity Commission shall be a separate legal entity having its own common seal, with the power to sue and to be sued in its own name and with the power to take on undertakings in its own name.

This Act shall be applicable to the following Law Enforcement Agencies and their employees.

  • The Maldives Customs Service
  • The Maldives Police Service
  • The Maldives Correction Service
  • The Maldives Immigration

The Commission shall comprise of 5 (five) members.

  • Except for those matters already submitted to relevant governmental institutions as at the coming into force of the National Integrity Commission Act, a matter may only be reviewed by the commission if the underlying events of the matter occurred after the Act came into force.
  • Even if the underlying events of the matter occurred after the National Integrity Commission Act came into force, the Commission would only review a matter if no more than 2 (two) years have elapsed between the occurrence of the underlying events of that matter and the date on which the matter is submitted to the Commission.
  • An unlawful act by an employee of a Law Enforcement Agency;
  • Where any act or omission by any employee of a Law Enforcement Agency is deemed by the Commission to be unjust or discriminatory;
  • Where an employee of a Law Enforcement Agency commits a breach of a policy they are required to adhere to;
  • An allegation of having committed a criminal offence is made.

Any person may file a complaint or a case against a Law Enforcement Agency stipulated in the National Integrity Commission Act or in relation to an employee or employees of such Agency.

No. We review all information submitted to our Commission, even anonymously, to determine whether there may be an issue falling within our jurisdiction and appropriate for follow-up. However, if you choose to not identify yourself, our ability to follow up on your allegations may be limited.

Information received by the members and employees of the Commission with regard to cases are confidential and shall not be disclosed except to the extent permitted by law.

The Commission first decides whether to hold a Preliminary Investigation of the case to decide whether the case requires a thorough investigation or to directly start a thorough investigation of the case bypassing the preliminary investigation.

A Preliminary Investigation is an initial stage investigation conducted by the Commission to gather additional information on:

  • the type of case;
  • to find whether the case requires a thorough investigation by the Commission or not;
  • to find whether the case requires to be passed on to another appropriate entity. For example,
    • The Anti-Corruption Commission;
    • Human Rights Commission of the Maldives;
  • If the investigation is carried out based on allegations of an unlawful activity by an employee or group of employees of a Law Enforcement Agency, the Commission shall give its opinion on the allegations and advise on how the Law Enforcement Agency at which the employee works should act in the matter.
  • If the Commission is of the opinion that criminal prosecutions should be initiated in relation to a matter or an investigation conducted by the Commission, to refer the matter to the Prosecutor General’s Office for such purposes.
  • If, in relation to an investigation, the Commission is of the opinion that the procedures or regulations of an investigative agency must be amended to prevent such matters in the future, to advise the agency to amend its procedures or regulations accordingly.

Prosecution and punishment pursuant to Section 533 and/or Section 534 and/or Section 535 of Law no. 9/2014 (Penal Code), or, depending on the severity of the action, a fine of an amount between MVR 500/- (Maldivian Rufiyaa Five Hundred) and MVR 50,000/- (Maldivian Rufiyaa Fifty Thousand) may be imposed.

Prosecution and punishment pursuant to Section 533 and/or Section 534 and/or Section 535 and/or Section 540 of Law no. 9/2014 (Penal Code), or, depending on the severity of the action, a fine of an amount between MVR 500/- (Maldivian Rufiyaa Five Hundred) and MVR 50,000/- (Maldivian Rufiyaa Fifty Thousand) may be imposed.