Basic questions about Rilwan unanswered by state, court hears

Three suspects have been charged in connection with the kidnapping of Ahmed Rilwan, who went missing three years ago.

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Ex-policeman denies plotting to assassinate president

A former police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge raised over alleged calls to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen.

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Getting away with murder in the Maldives

Murder is not included on the police website’s crime statistics page, which has data going back to 2008.

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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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Two Maldivians arrested for bomb-making

The arrests relate to the pair making an improvised explosive device, news outlet Mihaaru said, and police found bomb making equipment at the home of one of the men.

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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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IS terror suspects were planning suicide attack in Malé

Ishag Ali and Hussein Afeef were named by prosecutors and are alleged by police to have connections to the Islamic State group operating out of Syria and Iraq.

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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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Multiple arrests after triple stabbing in Maldives capital

The two men were attacked on Fareedhee Magu, near MHA Mart, police confirmed and are being treated in Male’s Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

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Two Islamic State suspects charged over suicide attack plot

Authorities made several terror-related arrests in September following the United Kingdom updating its Maldives travel advice, saying terrorists were “very likely” to carry out an attack in the country.

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Death penalty violent and ineffective form of punishment, says UK

British minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told the House of Lords the government had engaged the Maldives at the highest levels over the death penalty.

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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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Elderly man arrested on charges of sexually abusing four girls

A 75-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing four siblings on an island in Gaaf Dhaal atoll. 

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Teachers ‘must’ monitor students in anti-extremism fight

Teachers in the Maldives must be educated on how to monitor students for extremist ideologies, according to the first strategy document from the National Counter Terror Centre.

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Four corruption cases filed for prosecution in Q3

The monthly case reports for the year were released by the Anti-Corruption Commission and showed the body investigated a total of 815 cases up until the third quarter, out of which only 10 were forwarded for prosecution.

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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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Anas murdered in case of mistaken identity, police reveals

The 25-year-old speedboat captain from Meedhoo was brutally murdered because he was mistaken by his assailants for a member of a rival gang.

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