The notorious Armenian brothers accused of being conmen and drug traffickers have linked up with various political figures to invest in the Maldives.
Haveeru has found that the Artur brothers Margaryan and Sargayan have registered a company “Artur Brothers World Connections’ with the Economic Ministry last October.
The shareholders of the company include two French nationals and a local. The main company of the two brothers, “Artur Brothers Holding” is engaged in business activities ranging from entertainment, Property Development, Real Estate, Security, Labor Supplier, Main Power Supplier, Casino, General Trading, Hotel Industry and Car Trading according to the company website.
It has also been confirmed that the Arturs have been gradually investing in the Maldives since October. In addition, the brothers were pictured with Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim during a motor racing event held in Hulhumale in January.
According to sources at the Immigration Department the brothers are currently in the Maldives and are believed to be residing in a resort near the capital after briefly living in Hulhumale.
The Armenians had been linked to a huge scandal in Kenya which eventually led to their highly controversial deportation.
A local media outlet KTN’s investigations team produced a daring expose of the cover-up that followed the seizure of Kenya’s largest ever cocaine haul in December 2004.
The channel further disclosed how several tonnes of the cocaine went missing; how the brothers’ were allowed to escape and how two State prosecutions were deliberately mishandled.
No government authority is yet to officially comment on the presence of the Arturs in Maldives.