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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Multiple bomb scares in Maldives capital

Hundreds were evacuated this morning from Malé’s southwest harbor in the third bomb scare of the day. Security forces said a third suspicious object had been found under a fuel drum, but it turned out to be “fake.”

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Man arrested over photo of boat blast suspect

Ismail Shakir, an employee of the state-owned Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL), was arrested for taking a photograph of Maldivian police officers taking a suspect in a ‘bomb plot’ into custody from the airport tarmac on Friday.

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Saudi experts found trace of explosives on president’s speedboat

Forensic experts from Saudi Arabia found trace of a powerful explosive on President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat, the national inquiry commission has said in a press statement tonight.

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Home minister vows to ‘find the truth’ behind Rilwan’s disappearance

Home Minister Umar Naseer met with the family of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan today and assured them of the government’s commitment to “find the truth” behind the unexplained disappearance.

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Ex-president’s lawyer denounces claim stabbing provoked by personal matter

Mahfooz Saeed, a member of former President Mohamed Nasheed’s legal team, has denounced a government claim that his stabbing was provoked by a dispute over legal work not related to the jailed opposition leader’s case.

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Raids continue in Malé

Police today raided Lismata in the Maafannu ward today, where Adeeb’s first wife and his children live. A police spokesman confirmed that a search was underway.

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17 arrested for ‘disrupting public order’ released

The 17 people, including two minors, taken into custody yesterday for “disrupting public order” in the wake of Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s arrest.

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News website hacked after repeated threats to journalists

Hassan Zaheen, senior journalist at Addu Live, told The Maldives Independent that suspects acquitted by the criminal court had often called reporters and demanded the removal of articles on corruption of judges and news items critical of the government.

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MMPRC’s fireworks import suspected of links to boat blast

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) remains shut down over an investigation into suspected links between the corporation’s import of fireworks and a blast on the president’s speedboat, credible sources have told The Maldives Independent.

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Sri Lankan experts confirm bomb blast on president’s speedboat, says home minister

Umar Naseer told the press today that a team of forensic experts from Sri Lanka who investigated the incident has confirmed that the blast was caused by an explosive device. Forensic teams from the US, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and India also investigated the blast, but have not shared their findings with the government so far.

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Suspect wanted for stabbing of Nasheed’s lawyer arrested

A police spokesman confirmed that Ahmed Raaid, 20 years, one of the two suspects wanted over the stabbing, has been taken into police custody. He declined to comment on where Raaid had been apprehended.

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Police seize new synthetic drug ‘flakka’ and 2.5kg of cocaine

Flakka or alpha-PV is a synthetic drug created in laboratories. Police Superintendent Ahmed Shifan said the seizure of 200 grammes of the drug at the airport was the first time it was discovered in the Maldives.

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