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May Day protest detainee dies in custody

Sources told the Maldives Independent that Abdulla Rasheed, who was serving a five-year sentence on assault charges, had been ill with severe diarrhoea and vomiting for the past three days.

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Maldives death penalty delays will be resolved by October 8

Delays in carrying out the death penalty due will be resolved by October 8, the home minister has said, despite international condemnation about the country resuming executions. The Maldives in

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Maldives’ anti-black magic legal measures need ‘streamlining’

Sorcery-related arrests have been common in recent years, but suspects are often released soon after without charge due to the complexity of legal action. The current penal code does not have a specific provision for black magic and sorcery.

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‘This guy is gonna dump US$16bn’: MP Nihan’s leaked audio

A full translation of a leaked audio clip of Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan saying that the constitution was amended to facilitate the sale of Himithi in Faafu atoll to then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman Al Saud.

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Police confiscate phones of social media activists

The police have confiscated the phones of Thayyib Shaheem and Shammoon ‘Lucas’ Jaleel , accusing the popular opposition social media activists of “spreading misinformation and sowing discord in society”.

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Social media activist released after one year in custody

Ahmed Ashraf’s trial resumed on Wednesday after more than one year. The first hearing was held in February 2016. The charge of issuing threats carries a jail sentence of one year, but the teenage social media celebrity has spent a longer period in detention.

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Two police officers sacked over nude video and photos

A police staff serjeant, who was in charge of the Laamu Gan police station, was fired on Thursday. According to local media, the officer sent a nude video of himself during a video chat with a school girl, an offence that carries a jail term of between seven to ten years.

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Top lawyers resign amid ‘discontent’ in chief prosecutor’s office

Following the resignation of two top prosecutors, sources from the Prosecutor General’s office have alleged that Bisham’s “abrasive” demeanour and short temper have contributed to growing discontent among her staff.

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Ex-minister pleads not guilty over Yameen’s ‘protective custody’

In a statement he gave to the police last September, President Yameen said he was taken by the military to the presidential retreat island Aarah against his will in July 2010 and expressed his desire to seek charges over the “unlawful arrest”.

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Jailed lawmaker leaves for medical treatment in India

Independent MP Ahmed Mahloof has issued several press statements from jail during the past month, expressing concern over the treatment of inmates at the Maafushi jail and criticising the judiciary, Yameen’s state of the nation address, and the change of burials from the capital to Hulhumalé.

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Lawmakers hail long-awaited evidence bill

Lawmakers have hailed a proposed new evidence law as key to addressing longstanding challenges faced by the judiciary and strengthening the criminal justice system.

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High profile murder suspect to remain under house arrest, not jail, rules court

The high court said new rules on remand do not allow it to review the criminal court’s decisions on remand.

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Top opposition figure’s passport seized

Shidhatha Shareef’s passport was confiscated upon her arrival in Malé on Thursday. The police and immigration refused to comment.

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Maldives clerics roll out wide-ranging religious agenda

Policies were set on a myriad of issues including Jihad, tourism, trade, education, media and atheism

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Detained US citizen to be deported from Maldives

John Seyfert, an American arrested a week ago on charges of not possessing a passport or valid visa, will be deported from the Maldives. His case however does not appear to be simple matter of a visa violation.

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Yameen to free hundreds of inmates locked up for petty crimes

The president plans to free “200 or 300 or even more” prisoners because he “loves you a lot,” the home minister told inmates at the Maafushi Jail.

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Police seek to charge Nasheed for Yameen’s 2010 arrest

A spokesman said the police have sent files on the investigation to the prosecutor general’s office, but declined to comment on the charges against the opposition leader.

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