Bank staff arrested over leak of transactions by company in MMPRC scandal

A senior national bank staff was arrested Thursday on a charge of leaking details of financial transactions by a company involved in the Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal.

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Adeeb’s cousin arrested on arson charges

A man related to detained former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was arrested on a charge of planning an arson attack in Male on Friday, The Maldives Independent understands.

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Police fail to catch suspects in Malé whiskey rampage

Police officers failed to catch a group who hurled some 15 bottles of whiskey onto the streets of Malé last night but managed to seize their car after a chase.

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Man arrested over luxury resort safe burglary

A 19-year old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of links to a burglary on luxury resort Gasfinolhu operated by international chain Club Med.

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Four-year-old girl stabbed to death on northern island

Ahmed Vishan, Noomaraa island council president, told The Maldives Independent that the child’s grandfather found her body after dawn prayers. “She was stabbed in the neck and shoulder joints. The mother was also sitting in the room awake at the time,” he said.

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US$79m embezzled in Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal

A staggering US$79 million from the Maldives tourism promotion company was siphoned off into the bank accounts of former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s associates, including US$65 million collected as acquisition costs from leasing islands, lagoons, and plots of land for tourism.

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Government accused of negligence over inmate’s death

The family of an inmate who died at the state-owned hospital on Sunday has accused the Maldives Correctional Services of negligence by failing to provide prompt care for liver and kidney failure.

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MDP calls for President Yameen to face investigation over Maldives biggest ever corruption scandal

The MDP said it had received documents via email that appear to show Yameen is “equally involved” in the corruption involving his former deputy Ahmed Adeeb and the state tourism promotion firm Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

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Fake 500 rufiyaa bill of new banknote series spotted

The central bank has spotted a fake bill of the new banknote series that was introduced into circulation across the Maldives just last week.

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Opposition to take to the streets over Maldives’ biggest-ever corruption scandal

Opposition parties are planning to take to the streets on February 5 over tens of millions of dollars missing from resort leases in what the graft watchdog has called the Maldives’ biggest ever corruption scandal.

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Police seek charges against suspects accused of planting bomb

The police yesterday forwarded cases for prosecution against four suspects accused of planting a bomb near the presidential palace in Malé last November. Hisham Wajeeh, spokesperson at the Prosecutor General’s office, told The Maldives Independent that charges might not be filed against all four suspects.

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Ex-tourism official pleads not guilty to graft charges

Ziyath is accused of embezzling of acquisition fees paid by a foreign company for the 50-year lease of a lagoon in Malé atoll. He reportedly admitted to receiving a cheque for US$1 million from a company called Ebony Pvt Ltd, but denied embezzling the funds.

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Two men arrested on charges of practicing sorcery

The suspects, aged 24 and 25, were taken into custody on Thursday based on information suggesting the pair were practicing sorcery or black magic, the police said yesterday. The police also searched the homes of the suspect as well as a warehouse with court warrants and confiscated “some items related to the case.”

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Missing journalist’s family fears inquiry ‘may turn out like MP Afrasheem’s murder probe’

Noting that the Maldives police never established a motive or apprehended the masterminds behind the shocking murder of an MP, family members of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan asked for help from watchdog bodies to ensure a comprehensive and independent inquiry.

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Young woman found dead in Malé was strangled, reveals autopsy

A 23-year-old woman found dead in a narrow lane in Malé on January 7 was strangled to death, a postmortem examination conducted in India has revealed.

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The rot at the top: Will President Yameen answer for corruption?

The anti-corruption watchdog has promised to question President Abdulla Yameen if required in order to conduct a thorough investigation of a tourism corruption scandal that has embroiled his former deputy, home minister and MPs. But critics are questioning the commission’s integrity.

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Concern over prolonged remand for boat blast suspects

The criminal court has been periodically extending the remand detention of several boat blast suspects. Most of them, including Ahmed Ashraf and Hamid Ismail, are now detained on charges that are not related to the blast.

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