Man fined MVR8,000 over ‘white underwear protest’

The Rasdhoo island magistrate court has fined a man MVR8,000 (US$520) for snatching back from the police a large pair of white underwear hung outside the courthouse as part of a protest in September 2013.

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Watchdog lets police off the hook over torture claims

Citing insufficient evidence, the HRCM has cleared prison guards and police officers of torture claims in the 65 cases it investigated this year.

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Ex-minister placed under police protection

Ex home minister Umar Naseer says he has been placed under police protection after receiving death threats from a group of unidentified men carrying knives.

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Supreme Court upholds third death sentence

The apex court upheld the conviction of Mohamed Nabeel on the murder of an 18-year-old man in March 2009. The full bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the accused was found guilty of murder beyond any doubt.

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Adeeb questioned over stolen funds in president’s account

Adeeb’s lawyer confirmed to The Maldives Independent that his client was questioned last week by the Anti-Corruption Commission about the large sums deposited to the president’s account at the Maldives Islamic Bank.

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Six May Day protesters sentenced to five years in jail

Nearly eight months after their trial concluded, Nasira Ali, Ibrahim Laban Shareef, Farhath Ali, Abdulla Rasheed, Umar Gaahir, and Ahmed Ibrahim were convicted today of aiding and abetting the assault of a policeman on May 1 last year.

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Mother and uncle arrested over rape of minor

According to local media, the girl’s mother repeatedly facilitated the abuse. The alleged rapist was her uncle who lived in Malé and visited the island regularly. Both suspects have been remanded in custody for 15 days.

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Drugs worth MVR7.5m seized at sea

A large drug haul with an estimated street value of MVR7.5 million (US$486,000) was seized on July 9 from a boat en route to Malé from the Indian port of Tuticorin.

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Maldives top court upholds second death sentence

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its second death sentence since the government ended an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment in 2014, paving the way for the Maldives’ first state-sanctioned executions in more than half a century.

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Maldives forges ahead with preparations for death penalty despite criticism

The government is forging ahead with plans to execute the 22-year-old man convicted of killing MP Afrasheem Ali. The MP’s family, who asked courts to delay the death sentence last week, said they are yet to hear back

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Supreme court throws out ex-defence minister’s pistol smuggling appeal

The supreme court registrar said judges had “decided not to hear the appeal” after holding two hearings. Nazim’s family has accused the Maldivian state of holding him hostage.

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Supreme court judge accused of forging identity documents

The Maldivian Democratic Party has called for Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed to be investigated for forgery over apparent inconsistencies of age in his identity documents

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Soldiers convicted of evidence-tampering in boat blast freed

Two soldiers convicted of thwarting an investigation into the explosion on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat were freed Wednesday.

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Supreme court upholds death sentence for Humam

The supreme court upheld tonight the death sentence of a 22-year-old man convicted of killing a parliamentarian, rejecting a surprise last-ditch attempt by members of the victim’s family to delay the death penalty.

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Ex-vice president convicted of graft

The Maldives’ former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has been convicted of graft and handed an eight-year prison sentence for the theft of US$5million from the lease of an island for tourism.

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Some Jihadi recruiters ‘identified and under surveillance’

The government has identified individuals suspected of recruiting Maldivians for militant extremist groups fighting in the Syrian civil war, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar revealed today.

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Family of murdered MP asks supreme court to delay death penalty for killer

Family members of a murdered MP have asked the supreme court to delay the death penalty for the 22-year-old man convicted of killing him.

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