Latest suspects in Rilwan’s abduction transferred to house arrest

The criminal court has transferred two suspects arrested in April over the abduction of Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan to house imprisonment.

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DNA tests link Adeeb to weapons seized from Nazim’s home, say police

DNA tests link Adeeb to a pistol seized at Nazim’s home, but the breakthrough is not conclusive proof of a set-up, the police said.

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Supreme court concludes hearings into its first murder case

The conclusion of an appeal against death sentence on Ahmed Murrath, convicted of killing a prominent lawyer, brings the Maldives a step closer to the first executions by the state in more than half a century.

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Three more soldiers jailed over boat blast

Three more soldiers have been sentenced to jail on charges of obstructing justice over the September 28 blast on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat.

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Home minister stripped of power to seek surveillance orders

A three member committee will vet suspects before Naseer can seek a monitoring and control – or ‘monicon’ orders – on them from the high court.

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Maldives to execute death row inmates by hanging

Death row prisoners will be executed within thirty days of the Supreme Court upholding or issuing a guilty verdict, Home Minister Umar Naseer said in an interview on Friday..

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Supreme court asked to summon high-profile witnesses for Nazim’s appeal

The Supreme Court has been asked to summon several high-profile witnesses in light of new evidence that could prove former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim was framed by the police.

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‘Bomb maker’ granted witness protection, say local media

The Prosecutor General’s Office has granted immunity and witness protection to a soldier who testified to making two bombs for former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, local media report.

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Two stabbed in 24 hours amid spike in gang violence

A young man was stabbed on a busy street in Malé around 4pm today amid growing concern over a recent spike in gang violence. The stabbing followed the arrest of three suspects after a 21-year-old man was stabbed Monday night in a fight between rival gangs in Malé.

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Man arrested on suspicion of ‘torturing’ Bangladeshi worker

“The Bangladeshi man came to the police station and complained that he was being beaten up and ill-treated by his sponsor. External signs of physical abuse were found on his body on inspection,” the police spokesman told The Maldives Independent.

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Judge convicted over plot to arrest president

A magistrate has been convicted of conspiring to kidnap President Abdulla Yameen by forging a warrant for his arrest over the Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal. Ahmed Nihan, a senior judge at the Maamigili magistrate court, was sentenced to 17 years in jail.

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Ex-chief prosecutor found guilty of terrorism for conspiring to kidnap president

The criminal court has found the former chief prosecutor guilty of terrorism for conspiring to kidnap President Abdulla Yameen. Muhthaz Muhsin was handed a 17-year jail term tonight.

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Ex-vice president of Maldives convicted of bomb attack on president

Ahmed Adeeb, the former vice president of Maldives, and two of his military bodyguards have been found guilty by the criminal court for plotting to assassinate the president using a bomb on the presidential speedboat.

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Historic drug bust nets four suspects and 29kg of heroin

Maldivian police said they have seized 29 kilos of heroin and arrested four in the biggest drug bust in the country’s history.

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Five more suspects arrested over fatal stabbing

Four minors and one adult have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in Malé last Friday.

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Closed hearings for concluding arguments in Adeeb’s boat blast trial

The criminal court refused entry to reporters and members of the public today to observe closing arguments in former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s terrorism trials.

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Maldives ex-vice president found guilty of terrorism

The Maldives’ former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has been convicted of terrorism moments ago. He was handed a 10-year jail sentence.

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