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Court hears closing arguments in trafficking trial

Mohamed Muahmar and Hussain Sunaih, the first Maldivians put on trial for human trafficking, are accused of submitting fake construction agreements and other documents to obtain hundreds of immigration permits.

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Bangladeshi admits guilt on trafficking charge

A Bangladeshi man on trial for trafficking three fellow countrymen into the Maldives admitted guilt at court on Monday.

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Judge hears record 153 cases in one day

Civil Court Judge Mohamed Haleem scheduled a record 160 cases Thursday, heard 153 cases and delivered judgments in 66 cases.

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Government creating ‘youth slums’ in Maldives, says ex-minister

The government is “creating youth slums” with new flats in Hulhumalé aimed at married couples, a former housing minister tells the Maldives Independent.

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State witnesses testify in favour of trafficking suspects

State witnesses testify in favour of human trafficking suspects said to have brought large numbers of migrants to the country by submitting fraudulent documents to the immigration department.

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Thousand flats pledged for civil servants

Housing ministry spokesman Ahmed Fazal said the flats would be reserved for those working in the greater Malé region. There are around 24,000 civil servants in the Maldives with the majority working in the capital.

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Maldivian charged over migrant worker death

The prosecutor general’s office has charged a Maldivian man over the death of a Bangladeshi migrant worker in Kaafu atoll Himmafushi island.

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MP Faris temporarily moved to house arrest

Opposition lawmaker Ahmed Faris Maumoon has been temporarily transferred to house arrest from Maafushi Prison. Faris, the eldest son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was arrested in July in

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JP mulls primaries as part of reform efforts

The opposition Jumhooree Party (JP) is mulling the idea of presidential primaries and regional branches as part of reform efforts.

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Yameen Rasheed’s family lament closed hearings

The family of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed has expressed concern over the closed hearings of the seven defendants charged with his death.

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Bangladesh ambassador urges ‘proper investigation’ into expat death

A 40-year-old Bangladeshi man has been found dead with severe head wounds at a Hulhumalé construction site, prompting concern and regret from the country’s ambassador.

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Security forces descend on Villigili for Yameen visit

Hundreds of police and soldiers descended on Gaafu Alif atoll Villingili ahead of a visit from President Abdulla Yameen, cracking down on opposition protesters by removing banners and placards.

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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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