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Posts From Saya Ahmed

Lawyer Mahfooz barred from court

Mahfooz Saeed, who was attacked while he was part of the legal team representing former president Mohamed Nasheed, has been barred from court by the Department of Judicial Administration.

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Millions spent illegally on independence celebrations

Auditors found that MVR66 million (US$4 million) was spent on the 2015 festivities without putting the projects out for tender, as required by law before awarding projects worth more than MVR1.5 million.

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Education ministry schooled over finance violations

The education ministry violated public finance rules by illegally spending nearly MVR900,000 (US$58,365) and failing to collect MVR8 million (US$519,120) owed as loan repayments, according to the ministry’s audit report for 2015.

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High Court upholds 10-year prison term for ex-defence minister

The judge’s three-week detention at a military training base sparked anti-government protests, culminating in then-president Mohamed Nasheed’s resignation in the wake of a violent mutiny by police and army elements in 2012.

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Rise in child abuse reports

The ministry said 122 out of 272 reported cases were regarding different forms of child abuse – 45 percent of the total reported cases in October.

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Ex-tourism boss in not guilty plea to 30 corruption charges

Abdulla Ziyath, who managed the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, is accused of misappropriating US$44 million (MVR721 million) by leasing islands and lagoons owned by the state.

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President warns of ideological warfare, malicious economic schemes

President Abdulla Yameen said countries were subjugated by means of ideological warfare and malicious economic schemes.

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Ziyath pleads not guilty to 15 counts of corruption

Abullah Ziyath, who managed the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, is accused of misappropriating US$23 million (MVR357 million) by leasing 13 uninhabited islands and two lagoons owned by the state.

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Faris bribery trial postponed

The son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom allegedly bribed a fellow lawmaker before a no-confidence vote against the parliament speaker in July.

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Workplace sexual harassment in the Maldives: the struggle for justice

A social media campaign is aiming to reverse the culture of protecting perpetrators at work and blaming the victims, much like #Nufoshey (Don’t Harass) is a platform for highlighting the menace of street sex pests.

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High Court overrules objections to bench change in MP Faris appeal

The presiding judge in the three-judge panel overseeing the case was changed after hearings concluded in early August. The lawmaker was arrested on a bribery charge in late July and placed under detention for the duration of the trial.

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Tribunal upholds dismissal of airport staff over Facebook post

Ismail Sivaan, a driver at the Maldives Airports Company Ltd, was sacked in May for sharing a prayer on Facebook for the end of President Abdulla Yameen’s administration.

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State asks to anonymise witnesses in Faris identity fraud trial

State prosecutors asked the criminal court Sunday to anonymise two witnesses on the grounds that they could lose their jobs if they testify openly in the identity fraud trial of MP Faris Maumoon. 

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Anti-graft watchdog seeks charges against Fenaka official

The Anti-Corruption Commission is seeking charges against the procurement department director of Fenaka Corporation for allegedly providing undue benefit to private parties in purchasing diesel for the company.

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High Court hears appeal from Muleeage bomb convict

The High Court on Wednesday began hearing an appeal from a man found guilty of planting a bomb near the official presidential residence in November 2015. After a secret trial,

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MP Faris seeks temporary suspension of bribery trial

The MP for Dhiggaru constituency will lose his seat if he is found guilty.

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Ex-defence minister gets extra time for terror trial closing argument

Ameen Faisal is charged with abduction under the now-defunct 1990 Anti-Terrorism Act and faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

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