Elderly man hospitalised after chemical attack

The police are searching for a suspect who threw chemicals on the face of the 71-year-old man Tuesday morning on the island of Dhuvafaru in Raa atoll.

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Escaped detainees from Malé custodial centre caught

After local media reported that the group broke out of the Malé custodial last week, the police said in a tweet today: “All those involved in breaking out of Malé custodial have been caught and the police are investigating the matter.”

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Lawmakers hail long-awaited evidence bill

Lawmakers have hailed a proposed new evidence law as key to addressing longstanding challenges faced by the judiciary and strengthening the criminal justice system.

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Arson suspected as fires destroy wetlands in Fuvahmulah

Two fires have destroyed a wetland area equal to 35 football pitches on the southern island of Fuvahmulah. Islanders said they suspect the fires were started deliberately.

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Fourth Maldivian man ‘on his way to join Syrian civil war’ arrested

A Maldivian man who attempted to cross into Syria to join the civil war there has been arrested and brought back to the Maldives, the police have said.

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Rilwan’s family goes to court for truth behind disappearance

The family filed a right to information request at the civil court asking its intervention to find out “the available facts of the events” that followed Rilwan’s abduction on August 8, 2014.

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Second Maldivian ‘jihadi’ on trial for fighting in Pakistan

Ahmed Naiz was charged with terrorism for allegedly participating in a foreign war, an offence that carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

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Witnesses testify in Raajje TV journalist’s assault trial

Hussain Fiyaz Moosa, chief operating officer of the opposition-aligned station, is accused of hitting Corporal Mohamed Shaheen while he was being arrested for refusing to leave the sports complex area of Malé where the military’s bomb disposal experts were defusing an improvised explosive device.

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High profile murder suspect to remain under house arrest, not jail, rules court

The high court said new rules on remand do not allow it to review the criminal court’s decisions on remand.

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Trial of journalist charged with assault resumes

Raajje TV journalist Hussain Fiyaz Moosa said the long gap had led him to believe that the charges were dropped.

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Detained US citizen to be deported from Maldives

John Seyfert, an American arrested a week ago on charges of not possessing a passport or valid visa, will be deported from the Maldives. His case however does not appear to be simple matter of a visa violation.

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Yameen condemned for linking corruption to human nature

“A quality in human nature will remain among Maldivians as well,” the president had said of corruption

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CPJ urges Maldives to drop charges against Raajje TV journalists

“Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam, Leevan Ali Naseer and Adam Zareer are guilty of nothing more than covering events of significant public interest,” the CPJ said.

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Five state employees charged with negligence in three-year-old’s murder

The horrific murder of three-year-old Mohamed Ibthihaal in January 2015 shocked the nation while reports that the authorities had been aware of abuse by his mother sparked public outrage.

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Yameen to free hundreds of inmates locked up for petty crimes

The president plans to free “200 or 300 or even more” prisoners because he “loves you a lot,” the home minister told inmates at the Maafushi Jail.

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Scandal-ridden ports company under investigation over boat deal

The state-owned Maldives Ports Limited is under investigation by the anti-graft watchdog over the procurement of a small boat badly in need of repairs for MVR5 million (US$65,000). The MPL is also under fire for paying MVR2.9 million as legal fees to a ruling party lawmaker.

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Utility companies sue to recover millions lost in currency exchange scam

The State Electricity Company and Fenaka Corporation paid MVR20 million to Sharu Launch Services to buy dollars but cheques issued by the speedboat transfer company bounced.

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