Concern over prolonged remand for boat blast suspects

The criminal court has been periodically extending the remand detention of several boat blast suspects. Most of them, including Ahmed Ashraf and Hamid Ismail, are now detained on charges that are not related to the blast.

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Three arrested on charges of raping an underaged girl

Two men and a minor have been arrested from the southern island of Madaveli in Gaaf Dhaal atoll on suspicion of raping an underaged girl.

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Adeeb’s lawyers question validity of terror charges

Detained former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb cannot be prosecuted on suspicion of carrying a weapon under the now-repealed 1990 anti-terrorism law, his lawyers have contended.

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Two arrested over young woman’s murder

Two men aged 28 years and 50 years were arrested Friday night over the suspected murder of a young woman in Malé.

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Home minister is the latest politician under fire in tourism scandal

An anonymous member of the public lodged a complaint with the ACC on Monday alleging that Naseer threatened Fisheries Minister Mohamed Shainee and his staff to obtain a lagoon in Malé atoll for his Whale Submarine company, which conducts underwater submarine tours.

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Young woman found dead in Malé was murdered

“The inquiry has so far established that the death was not of natural causes. We suspect that Hawwa Zuha was murdered and her body was thrown on the street on Dhoohimerimagu in Galolhu ward,” the police said in a statement.

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Ibthihaal’s step grandfather on trial for incest

Ismail Rauf, who is accused of physically and sexually abusing his step daughter Afiya Mohamed and her three-year-old son Mohamed Ibthihaal, is now on trial for sexually abusing a child he had fathered.

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Maldives MPs caught up in tourism scandal

Companies affiliated with ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives MPs Mohamed Musthafa, Hussain Manik Dhon Manik and Riyaz Rasheed, and main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid were awarded islands without due process.

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Two foreigners arrested on human trafficking charges

The pair are accused of illegally “recruiting” migrant workers to bring to the Maldives. They were apprehended yesterday from Addu City and Vilimalé in joint operations conducted by the immigration department and the police.

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President orders investigation into missing journalist’s disappearance

More than 500 days after his unexplained disappearance, President Abdulla Yameen has asked the home minister to “do everything the government can” to find missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan. The home ministry said in a tweet last Thursday that the president’s appeal came after Rilwan’s family sent a letter to Yameen urging him to expedite the investigation.

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Adeeb faces fresh charges over missing funds from 17 resort leases

The police have also forwarded money laundering charges against Hamid Ismail, an influential businessman related to Adeeb. According to the police, acquisition fees paid to the MMPRC for a resort lease was deposited into the accounts of a company linked to Hamid, instead of the state treasury.

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Missing journalist’s family delivers 500 paper cranes to president

Ahmed Rilwan’s family and friends delivered 500 origami cranes, which represent peace and happiness, to President Abdulla Yameen urging him to expedite the investigation into the journalist’s disappearance.

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Deputy minister accused of embezzling millions from pension fund

Deputy Home Minister Ahmed Adeem is under investigation by the police over the alleged embezzlement of MVR2 million (US$129,700) from the state’s pension fund. The embezzlement was discovered during an internal audit. Adeem had worked at the Maldives Pension Administration Office from 2010 to 2014.

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Police seize 2kg of drugs from state-owned cargo boat

Police officers raided STO’s MV Bonthi boat with a search warrant while it was anchored near the uninhabited island of Vakkaru in Baa atoll yesterday.

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Bomb scare in northern island

“It was made of plastic bottles and foil was wrapped around it. One of our employees noticed fire inside the engine room and went in to inspect,” an employee at the Haa Alif Ihavandhoo powerhouse said.

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Suspicion cast on ex vice president over journalist’s disappearance

The home minister said Adeeb is being questioned over Rilwan’s disappearance. But the former vice president’s lawyers have denied the claim.

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Terrorism charges filed against ex vice president

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has been charged with terrorism on suspicion of carrying a pistol, the prosecutor general’s office has said.

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