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Posts From Mohamed Junayd

Lawyers revolt as prosecutor general comes under pressure

More than 30 lawyers at the prosecutor general’s office backed Aishath Bisham for saying parliament’s vote on the state of emergency was unconstitutional.

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Tourism bodies beg for Maldives state of emergency to stop

Operators say hundreds of hotel bookings have been cancelled daily since February 5, when a 15-day state of emergency was declared, despite government assurances that all is normal in the resort islands.

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State of emergency ‘unconstitutional’

Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham wrote to police hours after parliament approved President Abdulla Yameen’s request to extend the state of emergency by 30 days.

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Short and snappy: President gives 18-minute speech to parliament

The president’s speech clocked in at just 18 minutes. Last year’s speech lasted one hour and 13 minutes.

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#MaldivesInLimbo as parliament stalls on state of emergency vote

A total of 39 lawmakers from the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) attended a session to debate the president’s request, but all opposition lawmakers boycotted it.

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Top Maldives judge denies bribe and coup charges

Hisaan Hussain and MP Maariya Ahmed Didi, who represent Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, told reporters that their client said the charges against him were baseless and false.

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Maldives State of Emergency: FAQ

President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government.

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Police probe launched into Maldives ‘coup attempt’

Police spokesman Ahmed Shifan told reporters that US$260,000 had been found in a bag belonging to Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed, one of two judges arrested after Yameen declared a state of emergency.

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Maldives judges ‘took millions in bribes’ as part of coup plot

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed were both arrested hours after a state of emergency was declared.

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Maldives parliament opening cancelled for security reasons

The first sitting for 2018 was scheduled for Monday and due to be addressed by President Abdulla Yameen. It was cancelled indefinitely, parliament said in a message sent to journalists.

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Maldives Supreme Court – a law unto itself?

While the Supreme Court annulled all proceedings against the high-profile politicians, it has not ordered the dismissal of charges. It has ordered their release until a fair retrial.

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‘No choice’ but to enforce Supreme Court ruling: opposition

Riot police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse people who had gathered in their thousands on Thursday night to celebrate the imminent freedom of high-profile prisoners.

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Elections Commission chief resigns

Ahmed Sulaiman told the Maldives Independent that he had sent in his resignation Wednesday but refused to comment on why he was quitting.

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Backlash over president’s Supreme Court comments

President Abdulla Yameen told a rally it was the president’s duty to intervene if state institutions, including the Supreme Court, lost their way.

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Police have no right to political opinion, says president

The president’s comments follow a backlash from the opposition after his spokesman said he had personally directed police to arrest his nephew and opposition MP Faris Maumoon.

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‘No one is above the law’ after Faris taken into custody

MP Faris Maumoon was taken into custody Saturday night, accused of attempting to overthrow his uncle’s government by bribing politicians. His lawyers have appealed the decision at the High Court.

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Freed MP urges government to release opposition leaders

All opposition leaders, aside from former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, are either in prison or exile as the Maldives prepares for this year’s presidential polls.

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