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Posts From Hassan Mohamed

Supreme Court urged to lift mass suspension of lawyers

“None of the 56 lawyers has been allowed to exercise their right to defend themselves or be heard before a disciplinary action,” noted the International Commission of Jurists, Transparency International, Forum Asia, and Frontline Defenders together with local NGO Maldivian Democracy Network.

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Gayoom calls on security forces to stop by-elections

The electoral body called the by-elections shortly after the apex court ruled that there was no room to adjudicate cases filed by four former Progressive Party of Maldives lawmakers who were deemed to have lost their seats for crossing the floor.

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President’s envoys visit Gasim in hospital

The visit came amid criticism over delays in authorising medical leave for the convicted opposition lawmaker. Azleen told the state broadcaster that Gasim will be allowed to travel overseas within two or three days.

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Police withdraws security for Judge Bari’s family

The former chief judge of the criminal court has accused the police of withdrawing security for his family after he threatened to expose “the evil-doing of ignorant tyrants”.

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Court hears witnesses in Gasim’s bribery trial

Police forensic analysts testified Wednesday in the bribery trial of opposition Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim. Speaking to reporters after the closed-door hearing, Gasim’s lawyer Hisaan Hussain said the two

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Majlis resumes with soldiers surrounding speaker

The People’s Majlis resumed after a three-week hiatus Tuesday morning with soldiers surrounding embattled Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition lawmakers called for his resignation.

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Teachers threatened with dismissal for joining protest

The education ministry has threatened to sack four teachers from the southern islands of Thinadhoo and Villigili alleged to have taken part in anti-government protest marches over the jailing of opposition lawmakers.

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Opposition warns of undoing ‘corrupt’ land sales

The housing ministry is planning to auction 19 plots of land in Malé ranging from 4,000 to 7,7000 square feet with bidding to start at MVR15,000 (US$973) per square foot.

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Two expats caught after escape from detention centre

The pair was among five Bangladeshi men who broke out of the expat detention centre after tearing through a tin fence.

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Witnesses testify against Raajje TV arson suspect

The trial of the only suspect charged over the torching of the opposition-aligned Raajje TV in October 2013 resumed Monday afternoon with three policemen testifying for the prosecution.

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PPM rallies support for government

The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives staged rallies across the country Saturday in a show of support for the administration of embattled President Abdulla Yameen.

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Criminal court chief judge transferred to juvenile court

The transfers were made at the request of the Supreme Court, the Judicial Service Commission said in a statement issued late last night.

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Police claim to have evidence of MP Faris bribing lawmakers

The police have claimed to have evidence of MP Faris Maumoon bribing lawmakers to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion to remove the speaker of parliament, fuelling rumours of his impending arrest.

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Criminal procedures law comes into force

The Attorney General’s office said the law was “much needed to place the Maldives justice system on the same footings as developed countries,” and advised the relevant institutions to implement the changes necessary to migrate to Criminal Procedure Act and enforce the law.

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Yameen meets PPM leadership amid growing rift among lawmakers

The meeting followed multiple leaks from an official PPM Viber group showing arguments among lawmakers after Yameen appealed against backing the opposition’s bid to remove Speaker Abdulla Maseeh.

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MP Saud summoned over alleged plot to assassinate judge

MP Saud Hussain was questioned by the police Thursday night over an alleged plot to assassinate High Court Judge Shujau Usman.

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Police ignore pleas from Yameen’s family for update on murder probe

“The past 37 days have been full of sorrow and heartache,” the family of the murdered liberal blogger said today, expressing concern with the police’s refusal to answer phone calls and text messages.

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