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Posts From Saya Ahmed

MDP fined MVR60k for alleged call to gather outside police headquarters

A tweet urging supporters to come to the police station in solidarity with an elderly female activist summoned for questioning “violates section seven and 48 of the Political Parties Act as well as the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act,” the electoral body informed the MDP.

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MDP vice president accused of defaming Elections Commission

Shifaz, a former lawmaker, was summoned for questioning Tuesday night for alleging during the 2017 local council elections campaign that the independent electoral body was subject to undue influence from President Abdulla Yameen. 

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Villa slams tax authority over lawsuits to recover US$166m

Villa and its subsidiary companies do not owe any money to the state, the legal team insisted in a statement Monday, accusing the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority of trying to “discredit the companies and damage the businesses”.

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Teacher sacked for wearing niqab

A primary school teacher on the island of Mathiveri in Alif Alif atoll was sacked on Thursday for refusing to take off her niqab, or full-face veil, in compliance with a controversial civil service dress code.

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Gasim’s bribery trial on hold after hospitalisation

The court threatened to proceed with the trial in absentia but the hearing was cancelled after neither Gasim nor his legal counsel showed up.

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Minister under fire for blaming murders on opposition

“We cannot accept arson and the murder of our youth aimed at disrupting peace in the greed for power @maumoonagayoom,” the minister tweeted Monday after a 25-year-old man was killed in the second fatal stabbing in less than a week.

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MP Saud charged with terrorism

Saud is the fourth lawmaker to face criminal prosecution since the four-party opposition coalition secured a majority in the parliament to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed.

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Police watchdog asked to probe alleged abuse of journalists

Following heavy-handed police crackdowns on opposition gatherings during the past week, opposition lawmakers and supporters meanwhile began sharing photos on social media of individual police officers accused of brutality.

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Stabbing victim dies

Nadheem Abdul Rahman was stabbed in the head Thursday evening by a group of masked men while he was inside the Terminal Café in the Galolhu ward of the capital.

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Three stabbed in Malé amid spike in violent crime

A young man was stabbed in the back near the Supreme Court around 1:45 pm and two others were stabbed near the AMDC clinic about half an hour later.

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Gayoom attends hearing of Faris’s identity fraud trial

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom attended Sunday morning his son MP Faris Maumoon’s identity fraud trial as opposition lawmakers gathered outside the criminal court in solidarity with their detained colleague.

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Inmate dies while undergoing treatment

Mohamed Badeeu, from the Henveiru Landhooge in the capital, was taken to IGMH on Monday afternoon and passed away around 3:30am, according to the Maldives Correctional Service.

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Gasim barred from travelling overseas after hospitalisation

Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has been barred from travelling overseas after he was hospitalised Sunday afternoon shortly before the first hearing of a fresh trial on bribery charges.

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MP Rasheed caught in lie over forged signature

MP Ahmed Rasheed publicly confessed Tuesday to signing a no-confidence motion against the speaker of parliament despite previously alleging that his signature was forged.

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PPM backs anti-defection ruling from Supreme Court

Nine MPs have left the Progressive Party of Maldives after the Attorney General sought the anti-defection ruling, dramatically shifting the balance of power in the 85-member house ahead of the July 24 no-confidence vote against the speaker.

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Adeeb’s lawyers placed under investigation

The police have confiscated the phones of former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s lawyers and placed them under investigation for refusing to disclose the source of information of an alleged plot to assassinate the 35-year-old in custody.

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Adeeb’s lawyers allege assassination plot

Adeeb’s lawyer Mahfooz Saeed wrote to Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef on Sunday claiming to have learned of “a plot to assassinate my client former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb in his cell in Dhoonidhoo prison.”

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