Ibthihaal’s step grandfather on trial for incest

Ismail Rauf, who is accused of physically and sexually abusing his step daughter Afiya Mohamed and her three-year-old son Mohamed Ibthihaal, is now on trial for sexually abusing a child he had fathered.

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Maldives MPs caught up in tourism scandal

Companies affiliated with ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives MPs Mohamed Musthafa, Hussain Manik Dhon Manik and Riyaz Rasheed, and main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid were awarded islands without due process.

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Two foreigners arrested on human trafficking charges

The pair are accused of illegally “recruiting” migrant workers to bring to the Maldives. They were apprehended yesterday from Addu City and Vilimalé in joint operations conducted by the immigration department and the police.

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President orders investigation into missing journalist’s disappearance

More than 500 days after his unexplained disappearance, President Abdulla Yameen has asked the home minister to “do everything the government can” to find missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan. The home ministry said in a tweet last Thursday that the president’s appeal came after Rilwan’s family sent a letter to Yameen urging him to expedite the investigation.

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Adeeb faces fresh charges over missing funds from 17 resort leases

The police have also forwarded money laundering charges against Hamid Ismail, an influential businessman related to Adeeb. According to the police, acquisition fees paid to the MMPRC for a resort lease was deposited into the accounts of a company linked to Hamid, instead of the state treasury.

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Missing journalist’s family delivers 500 paper cranes to president

Ahmed Rilwan’s family and friends delivered 500 origami cranes, which represent peace and happiness, to President Abdulla Yameen urging him to expedite the investigation into the journalist’s disappearance.

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Deputy minister accused of embezzling millions from pension fund

Deputy Home Minister Ahmed Adeem is under investigation by the police over the alleged embezzlement of MVR2 million (US$129,700) from the state’s pension fund. The embezzlement was discovered during an internal audit. Adeem had worked at the Maldives Pension Administration Office from 2010 to 2014.

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Police seize 2kg of drugs from state-owned cargo boat

Police officers raided STO’s MV Bonthi boat with a search warrant while it was anchored near the uninhabited island of Vakkaru in Baa atoll yesterday.

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Bomb scare in northern island

“It was made of plastic bottles and foil was wrapped around it. One of our employees noticed fire inside the engine room and went in to inspect,” an employee at the Haa Alif Ihavandhoo powerhouse said.

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Suspicion cast on ex vice president over journalist’s disappearance

The home minister said Adeeb is being questioned over Rilwan’s disappearance. But the former vice president’s lawyers have denied the claim.

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Terrorism charges filed against ex vice president

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has been charged with terrorism on suspicion of carrying a pistol, the prosecutor general’s office has said.

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Police officer, accused of being accomplice to rape, compensated for dismissal

A court has ordered the police to pay more than MVR800,000 (US$56,420) in damages to an officer who was dismissed in 2010 on a charge of being an accomplice to the rape of a woman.

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Court says Feb 7 police brutality video altered, acquits officer

A police officer caught on camera brutalizing an opposition member on February 7, 2012, was cleared of charges after a criminal court judge ruled that the video of the assault was tampered with.

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Boat blast suspect re-arrested on money laundering charge

An influential businessman, arrested in Malaysia, on suspicion of links to an explosion on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat was released on Friday, but detained immediately on a new charge of money laundering.

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Maldivian man hospitalized after mugging in Colombo

A Maldivian man who was mugged has been hospitalized with head injuries in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His injuries are not severe, according to the man’s hosts.

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Maldivian man found murdered in Sri Lanka

A 29-year-old Maldivian man was found dead in a paddy field in the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Hussain Razeen ‘Rabarey,’ from the Hundred Flower house in the Henveiru ward of Malé. Razeen was a prime suspect in a murder committed in 2007.

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Sri Lankan sniper, hired to ‘assassinate president,’ detained in Maldives

A Sri Lankan national has been arrested on a charge of attempting to assassinate Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, the police revealed today.

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