Just one of 18 suspects charged over Rajje TV fire

Just one of 18 individuals arrested in the torching of opposition-aligned Raajje TV has been charged, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office. Evidence gathered was too weak to charge the rest of the suspects.

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MDP office in Hoarafushi torched

According to the MDP, the haruge in Haa Alif Atoll Hoarafushi Island is no longer usable. No one was injured, but the furniture and office supplies were burnt.

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Six arrested in raid on safari boat

The six were arrested on a boat called Keif near Alif Alif Atoll Mathiveri Island. Cans of beer and liquor bottles were discovered on the boat.

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Police stop and search ruling party MP

“A vehicle signaled for us to stop and it was the police. They wanted to search my bag so I immediately put my bag on the road. They put gloves on and searched the whole bag in the street,” said the MP for Baarashu constituency.

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Security stepped up for utility companies after attempted arson attacks

Soldiers were on guard outside the Malé Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) last night after arsonists attempted to set fire to powerhouses in the capital’s suburbs Hulhumalé and Vilimalé.

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Blast on president’s speedboat an ‘assassination attempt,’ video shows fire inside cabin

Hours after a cabinet minister told international media that the explosion on board President Abdulla Yameen’s speedboat had been an assassination attempt, the president’s office called a sudden press conference at 1am to broadcast a video clip of the blast. Flames could be seen inside the cabin.

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Three soldiers arrested in sign of foul play in boat blast

Two soldiers and an immigration official have been arrested in the ongoing investigation into a mysterious explosion on board the presidential speedboat on September 28. Their arrest is the first sign that the blast may have been a deliberate attack on President Abdulla Yameen’s life.

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Counterfeit MVR500 notes in circulation

Mariyam Hussein Didi, assistant governor of MMA, told reporters on Monday that some 20 counterfeit MVR500 notes had reached the bank so far.

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Man found with severe injuries dies at hospital

A 26-year-old man found unconscious with severe injuries at a residence in Malé yesterday has died while undergoing treatment. Ahmed Zameen from the island of Thoddoo in Alif Alif atoll was found was found at the stairwell on the sixth floor of Moosun Bahaaruge in the Maafanu ward of the capital.

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MVR450,000 stolen from Immigration

A police spokesman said the money was stolen from visa fee deposit drawers at the department’s counters during lunch break.

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Fears raised of “targeted arrest” against Assistant Attorney General

A lawyer who works at the Attorney General’s office described Ismail Wisham as “a pro-government, technical lawyer” and said: “The general feeling at the office is a sense of sadness and shock. I personally feel the arrest was targeted as there seems to be no explicit public policy reason for police to carry out such a raid.”

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Assistant Attorney General arrested in late night alcohol raid

Ismail Wisham, the assistant attorney general, and his wife were arrested in a late night raid on Monday, sources have said. Alcohol and hash oil were reportedly discovered on the premises.

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Man arrested for sextortion

A 31-year-old Maldivian man was arrested on Monday for attempting to extort sexual favours by blackmailing a woman. He had claimed to possess nude photographs of her.

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Sixth Maldivian killed fighting with Nusra front in Syria

Mohamed Irfan, who took on the name Abu Yushau Maldifi, traveled to Syria nearly six months ago, sources have said. The exact date of his death is unknown, but it was publicized on Facebook today by Bilad Al Sham Media (BASM) group, run by Maldivian jihadists in Syria.

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Policeman acquitted of assaulting Feb 8 protester despite video evidence

Despite video footage showing then-Staff Sergeant Ali Ahmed kicking a protester while he was on the ground, the criminal court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The police crackdown on a protest march on February 8, 2012 had left at least 71 people hospitalised.

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Four stabbed in Fuvahmulah fight

Three were transported to nearby Addu City’s Hithadhoo regional hospital for further treatment. One young man is in critical condition. “His status is not clear,” a hospital spokesman said.

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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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