High court overturns acquittal in 2012 murder

The high court has found a man guilty for the 2012 murder of Ali ‘Tholhi Pele’ Shifan, after overturning a criminal court acquittal. Two others charged over the murder had their acquittals upheld.

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Maldives government denies involvement in journalist’s disappearance

Responding to the UN, the Maldivian foreign ministry said the government “rejected any suggestion that it is responsible for the disappearance of Rilwan, or that it has any involvement as alleged at all.”

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Eight years later, high court overturns murder conviction

The high court overturned today a murder conviction against Fariyash Ahmed, who was serving a life sentence over a killing in 2006. The 28-year-old had escaped from Maafushi Jail in October 2014, but was apprehended days later.

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Court upholds death sentence for murder accomplice

The high court has upheld today the death sentence of a young woman convicted of killing a prominent lawyer, despite her lawyer insisting the death penalty was disproportionate as she was an accomplice to the murder.

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16 months later, police make arrests over suspicious death

The Maldives police have arrested five people over the death of a young man some 16 months ago. At the time, the police had labelled Mohamed Nadhaal’s death an accident.

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Judges pledge to tackle human-trafficking

Maldivian judges have pledged their support to end human trafficking, agreeing to hold awareness sessions with contractors and use a special logo on all construction bid invitations by the judiciary.

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UN summons Maldives over journalist’s disappearance

The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances has summoned the Maldivian government for a response to the disappearance of The Maldives Independent’s journalist Ahmed Rilwan some 639 days ago.

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Young man found unconscious with injuries dies at hospital

A young man found unconscious with injuries near the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Thursday morning has died while undergoing treatment.

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Two arrested for trafficking 1.7kg of heroin

Two Maldivians were arrested Tuesday on charges of trafficking some 1.7 kilograms of heroin through the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

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Police chief assures disciplinary action against errant officers

Areef’s remarks followed the transfer of four Specialist Operations policemen involved in clashes with two gangs in Malé last month to other departments. According to local media, four SO officers of the corporal rank were transferred to gate duty as well as the marine police and human resource departments.

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Government accused of involvement in journalist’s disappearance

The family of The Maldives Independent’s journalist, Ahmed Rilwan, has alleged state-involvement in his abduction and disappearance nearly two years ago.

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Man arrested for threatening missing journalist’s brother

The brother of a key suspect in the abduction of The Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan has been arrested on suspicion of threatening the missing journalist’s brother.

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Suspects in Rilwan’s abduction moved back to police custody

Two suspects in the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan were transferred to a remand facility days after the criminal court moved the pair to house imprisonment.

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Haveeru office hit by arson attack

The offices of the Maldives’ oldest newspaper, Haveeru, was hit by an arson attack in the early hours of Friday morning, local media report.

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Adeeb questioned over kidnapping of Swiss millionaire

The former vice president’s lawyer Moosa Siraj said his client was accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Christopher Peter Nikola on September 3, 2015 from a private residence in Switzerland and demanding a US$3 million ransom.

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Judge enters not guilty plea on Adeeb’s behalf in graft trial

The criminal court today entered guilty pleas on behalf of the defendants after they refused to respond to charges due to the court’s alleged refusal to provide them with case documents.

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Suspects in Rilwan’s abduction transferred to house arrest

Two suspects arrested earlier this month in connection with the abduction of The Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan was transferred to house arrest on Friday.

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