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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Trial begins for Maldivian man ‘who fought in Pakistan for nine years’

Mohamed Abdul Rahman is alleged to have fought with a militant group in Pakistan’s Waziristan for some nine years

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Malé city councillor arrested on blackmailing charge

Zaidul Ameen, a Malé city councillor from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, is under arrest on a bribery charge. The criminal court reportedly remanded Ameen to police custody for 15 days shortly after his arrest on Friday afternoon.

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Watchdog dismisses multiple corruption allegations against first lady

The ACC has ruled out corruption in the Sadagat Foundation’s distribution of dates gifted by Saudi Arabia in its name, and an Islamic ministry letter requesting that the charity be given US$12,000 of a donation made by a foreign donor to the Maldivian government.

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Hundreds searched in police drug operation

The police drug enforcement department launched a special operation using sniffer dogs in Malé and nearby islands last Thursday, searching hundreds of suspects for illicit narcotics.

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Man stabbed eight times in Hulhumalé

A 22-year-old man stabbed Saturday night in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé is in a stable condition at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé.

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Suspects arrested for throwing chemicals on woman’s face

A 50-year-old woman from the island of Lhaimagu in Shaviyani atoll was hospitalised Saturday morning after a man threw chemicals on her face.

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Knife left on ruling party lawmaker’s door

A kitchen knife was lodged in the door of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives lawmaker Riyaz Rasheed’s home in Malé Tuesday night.

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Former MMPRC chief faces new corruption charges

The ACC has asked the chief prosecutor to press corruption charges and initiate legal proceedings against Abdulla Ziyath to seize a plot of land he bought from public funds embezzled from MMPRC

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Inmate dies of heart attack in fourth custodial death this year

Ahmed Hassan, 55, was found death by prison guards at 4:40am at the low security prison, Asseyri Jail, on December 1

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Secret terror trial for ex defence minister

Ameen Faisal, who was charged with terrorism over the 2010 detention of President Abdulla Yameen, will be tried behind closed doors, the criminal court has ruled.

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