Official arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill judge

A senior policy executive at the ministry was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of plotting to assassinate High Court Judge Shujau Usman.

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Two men convicted of 2011 murder sentenced to death

If the guilty verdicts are upheld by both the high court and supreme court, Abdulla Nazeef and Mohamed Shifau will join three convicts presently on death row.

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May Day protester released from prison

The clemency board granted a conditional release for a woman jailed for hitting a police officer with an empty plastic coke bottle during the 2015 May Day anti-government protest.

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Opposition activist under arrest for defaming Yameen

According to Ali Zahir, spokesman of the opposition Adhaalath Party, Mohamed Haneef was accused of “spreading false rumours on social media to discredit the government and cause loss of confidence of investors.”

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Three suspects remanded over murder of Bangladeshi

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Bangladeshi construction worker on the island of Fonadhoo in Laamu atoll.

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Two men sentenced to life imprisonment over record drug haul

Two Maldivian men were found guilty of smuggling 24kg of heroin into the Maldives in March 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Raajje TV journalist cleared of second obstruction charge

Delivering a verdict on Tuesday, Judge Ahmed Shakeel said the prosecution’s evidence was insufficient

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Human rights watchdog assures probe of hunger strike in Maafushi jail

HRCM Vice President Shifaq Mufeed told the press that the hunger strike was prompted by “tightened security measures” but an informed source alleged that electricity was cut off and some inmates were beaten.

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Social media activist released after one year in custody

Ahmed Ashraf’s trial resumed on Wednesday after more than one year. The first hearing was held in February 2016. The charge of issuing threats carries a jail sentence of one year, but the teenage social media celebrity has spent a longer period in detention.

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Police searching for Hulhumalé gang rape suspects

The police are searching for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 27-year-old woman in the non-residential, industrial area of Hulhumalé, an urban centre under development near Malé.

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Policeman under investigation over online harassment of 16-year-old girl

A policeman is under investigation over the online sexual harassment of a popular 16-year-old female singer. The officer shared Bathool Ahmed’s photo on Facebook and compared the minor to a Lebanese-American porn star.

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Raajje TV cameraman fined US$195 for obstructing police

Following the guilty verdicts and US$1,800 fines handed to Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevan Ali Nasir last month, Adam Zareer becomes only the third journalist to be convicted in the Maldives in more than a decade.

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Two police officers sacked over nude video and photos

A police staff serjeant, who was in charge of the Laamu Gan police station, was fired on Thursday. According to local media, the officer sent a nude video of himself during a video chat with a school girl, an offence that carries a jail term of between seven to ten years.

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Ex-minister pleads not guilty over Yameen’s ‘protective custody’

In a statement he gave to the police last September, President Yameen said he was taken by the military to the presidential retreat island Aarah against his will in July 2010 and expressed his desire to seek charges over the “unlawful arrest”.

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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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