High Court releases former official jailed on corruption charges

Ibrahim Riyaz was found guilty of abuse of authority in awarding a US$21 million land reclamation project in late 2010 to Heavy Load Maldives – a company owned by the family of Deputy Speaker of Parliament ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik.

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Ex-MP Nazim lodges complaint over mistreatment

Former ruling party MP Ahmed Nazim has lodged a complaint with the human rights watchdog over alleged mistreatment in state custody.

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Corruption alleged in 90 luxury flat project

The opposition has lodged a complaint with the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) over the awarding of a contract without a bidding process to a real estate company to build a 20-storey luxury apartment complex in Malé.

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Court upholds death sentence for Afrasheem murder convict

Hussain Humam, who was found guilty in January 2013, had appealed his conviction at the appellate court. The five-judge panel at the High Court ruled unanimously today that there were no grounds to overturn the lower court’s verdict.

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Former President Nasheed’s lawyer stabbed

According to eyewitnesses, two men on a motorbike stabbed Mahfooz in front of the Vaadhee Fresh shop on Maaveyo Magu. Mahfooz was rushed to IGHM where he underwent surgery to remove the knife, which was lodged about three and a half inches deep above his left ear. He has since regained consciousness and his condition is now stable.

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Muted response to death threat against president, vice president

The Maldives government’s response to a YouTube video posted on Monday threatening to kill President Abdulla Yameen and Vice President Ahmed Adeeb and launch terror attacks against the tourism industry has been muted.

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RSF refers case of missing Maldives journalist to UN

In a letter to the chairs of the working groups, RSF’s Secretary Christophe Deloire said: “Enforced disappearances are the consequences of criminal acts that violate several human rights – the right to life, the right to freedom and the right to due process.”

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Young woman, hit by falling metal post, dies of injuries

A young woman who was hit by a falling metal post in Malé last night died of injuries today. Azfa Zuhair, 24 years, had suffered injuries to her head and spine, and was on life support when she passed away.

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Maldivians reluctant to seek help from courts due to corruption, finds study

A new study has identified corruption in the Maldives as the leading factor in lack of public confidence in the justice sector. Many Maldivians, therefore, want to settle disputes out of court.

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In early morning raid, police ‘trespassed, harassed Nasheed’s family’

The group of 13 forensic police officers, who arrived at 9:40pm left only at 4am. They searched through books, fish tanks, and awoke Nasheed’s 13-year old daughter to search her room. journalists were removed from the premises, and officers remained inside the house without a court warrant, lawyers have said.

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President pardons convicted drug trafficker

President Yameen has pardoned Ismail Shaheem, from Thaa Thimarafushi Karankavilla, was arrested in June 2011 along with alleged drug kingpin Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzaq ‘Shafa’ with more than 800 grams of heroin following a two-year long operation.

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Police and immigration team up on human-trafficking, Maldivian Jihadists

The police and the Immigration Department are boosting information sharing to tackle chronic problems of human trafficking, the outflow of Maldivians Jihadists and document forgery.

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Drug trafficking life sentence overturned on irregularities

In its ruling, the appellate court said Ramiz Ahmed, from Janavareemaage in Laamu Isdhoo, was “deprived of the fundamental constitutional right” to examine the evidence or witnesses against him.

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Three arrested in Gan on prostitution charges

Two men and a woman were arrested from the island of Gan in Laamu atoll last night on suspicion of engaging in illicit sexual relations.

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Two women arrested for burying ‘miscarried’ fetus

Two women were arrested today on the island of Maaemboodhoo in Dhaalu Atoll on a charge of burying a four-month old fetus in secrecy.

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Fiqh academy warns against promotion of black magic

The Fiqh academy’s warning comes after opposition figures linked uprooting of old trees at the Republic square and removal of the Republic monument in Malè to President Abdulla Yameen’s alleged fear of sorcery.

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Chief judge questions charges against suspects accused of assaulting policeman

The chief judge repeated his criticism of the PG office’s decision to charge 11 out of 13 suspects with assault using a dangerous weapon despite evidence showing the accused beating a policeman with their hands and feet.

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