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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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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