Leaked audio implicates acting prisons chief in bribery

A private TV channel has leaked an audio clip of a phone conversation between Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and an unidentified man, discussing the unlawful release of an inmate and the solicitation of a bribe.

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Two Maldivians arrested in Sri Lanka with 1kg of heroin

According to Sri Lankan media, the pair, aged-28 and 30, respectively, were arrested from a hotel in Colombo’s Bambalapitiya district in the late night hours of April 22.

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Suspect arrested over gangster’s murder paid for contract killing

Chief Inspector Mohamed Riyaz said today that a forensic analysis has found that a photo of Razeen lying dead in a van was sent to the suspect’s phone on the night of the murder. On the following morning, the suspect arrested in Malé last week transferred money to the bank account of the man arrested for the murder in Sri Lanka.

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PPM MP threatens friend of missing journalist

A friend of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan has asked for police protection after receiving a threatening phone call from a member of parliament, in which he said: “I’ve found you now, you’ll know what happens next, you know what happened to your partner.”

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ACC seeks prosecution of ex-vice president over US$6m corruption scandal

The anti-corruption watchdog has asked the Prosecutor General’s office to press charges against jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb over a US$6 million corruption scandal exposed in an October 2014 audit report of the state-owned tourism promotion company.

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Prosecutor, ex-criminal court registrar appointed as judges

The judicial watchdog has appointed a public prosecutor involved in the prosecution of high-profile politicians and a former court registrar to the criminal court.

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Notorious gangster arrested over Rilwan’s abduction

The owner of a car suspected to have been used in the abduction of The Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan was arrested Tuesday.

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Reporters barred from ex-vice president’s graft trial

The criminal court blocked reporters from observing proceedings in a graft trial against former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb and his associates today citing a lack of space in the courtroom.

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Government wants to grant police prosecution powers

Home Minister Umar Naseer says the government is planning to grant police the authority to prosecute petty crimes in a bid to speed up long-pending criminal trials. The opposition has labelled the move an attempt to jail dissidents.

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Rilwan was abducted, confirms police

The Maldives police have confirmed links between The Maldives Independent reporter Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance and an abduction reported outside his apartment building on August 8, 2014, some 600 days ago.

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Trials begin for boat blast suspects

Former Colonel Ahmed Fayaz ‘Papa,’ who is accused of ordering two explosives experts to remove evidence from the Finifenma speedboat immediately after the mysterious explosion, told the court today that he was following orders from Chief of Defence Forces Major General Ahmed Shiyam.

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Police make headway in three murder probes, promise details in Rilwan’s disappearance

The police have identified suspects in three suspicious deaths, and pledged to provide details in the mysterious disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan on Saturday.

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Man arrested after assaulting wife with stone

A 59-year-old man has been arrested on the island of Kurendhoo in Lhaviyani atoll for allegedly assaulting his wife with a stone. The suspect struck the victim on the head and knocked her unconscious on Monday morning, the police spokesperson said.

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Maldivians arrested in Sri Lanka linked to international drug network

According to Sri Lankan media, a Maldivian couple was arrested on Saturday outside the Katunayaka airport with 3kg of heroin in their luggage. After interrogating the couple, Sri Lankan police arrested two other Maldivians and three Sri Lankans, including the alleged Sri Lankan ringleader.

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Police searching for three suspected gang members with ‘MoniCon’ orders

The police are searching for three young men in order to enforce monitoring and control (MoniCon) orders granted by the High Court to electronically tag and monitor their whereabouts.

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Police issued orders for monitoring and control of gang members

The High Court has granted the police monitoring and control or ‘MoniCon’ orders to electronically tag, conduct surveillance, and intercept communications of “10 known gang members,” Home Minister Umar Naseer revealed today.

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Man falls to death during suspected robbery in Malé

The 29-year-old man fell from the second floor of the Sunny Coast house in the Maafanu ward of the capital around 3:20am. “As of now, we know that the man does not reside in the building,” a police spokesman said, declining to confirm local reports that the individual fell during an attempted robbery.

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