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Posts From Hassan Moosa

Inmate dies in Maafushi jail

A 32-year-old inmate at the high-security Maafushi prison died around 7:50 am Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at the island’s medical centre.

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Court concludes trial of alleged jihadis

Citing audio analysis of conversations, the state prosecutor told the court that one of the defendants told a witness he was in the “sacred land of Shām to seek Jannat-ul Firdaus”.

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Central bank governor steps down

Dr Azeema Adam has stepped down as governor of the central bank to relocate with her husband who recently took up the double post of permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to the United States.

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Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers

The Supreme Court has begun hearing appeals from four former ruling party lawmakers contentiously deemed to have been stripped of their seats by the Elections Commission.

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Multi-resort project underway in lagoon near Malé

Phase one of the project comprises “a three-island-resorts concept, with a core island township bringing a veritable wealth of world-class food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreation and leisure-lifestyle experiences to the Maldives for the very first time,” according to the Thai developer.

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Stabbed policeman undergoes surgery

A police officer who was stabbed during an operation to stop drug smuggling into the Maafushi prison underwent surgery on Sunday at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé.

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In leaked audio, defence minister vows to seek charges against lawmakers

During a meeting with officers from the Special Protection Group, Shareef praised the restraint of soldiers in the face of protesting MPs, saying he would have broken a lawmaker’s jaw.

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Guard injured in Maafushi prison

Lugman Ahmed, spokesman of the Maldives Correctional Service, said the officer was injured in a scuffle after he tried to stop inmates from stealing electricity from an outlet.

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IMF restates advice for mitigating risks over high debt

The current administration’s ambitious infrastructure scale-up “has the potential for transforming the economy but also carries risks given the country’s large fiscal and external imbalances,” a visiting IMF delegation warned.

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Court throws out bribery case against Gasim

The criminal court has thrown out charges raised against Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim over the alleged bribery of lawmakers after state prosecutors failed to show up at court.

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Yameen’s father accuses police of destroying forensic evidence

Briefing the press Thursday about the family’s lawsuit against the police over the failure to investigate death threats sent to his son, Hussain Rasheed said his information came from “a very reliable source”.

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Government borrows US$52m for ‘short-term financing’

The loan was taken from the Bank of Maldives on March 28 to settle unpaid bills and “manage cash flow,” according to information shared by the finance ministry with parliament’s public accounts committee.

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Azim questioned over Sangu TV appearance

Adam Azim, a senior opposition figure arrested on charges of encouraging the government’s overthrow was questioned by the police for nearly five hours Sunday about his appearance on Sangu TV.

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Detention extended for ‘bomb plot’ suspects

Local media reported last month that the police had averted a bomb attack in the capital by arresting four people during midnight in Malé on April 24.

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New tourism company evaluating bids for picnic island near Malé

The Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation is evaluating bids for developing a picnic island for public use after reclaiming seven hectares from the Galufalhu lagoon near Malé.

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Supreme court asked to restrict parliament’s powers to sack ministers

The Attorney General’s office has asked the supreme court to determine that the parliament can only dismiss cabinet ministers for committing an impeachable offence.

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Tourist arrivals increase 4.3 percent in first quarter

Arrivals grew by 15.6 percent in January, the peak season for the industry which also coincided with the Chinese New Year. But the growth rate was marginal in February at 0.3 percent and registered a 2.1 percent decrease in March.

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