Officials blame victims of human-trafficking for low conviction rates

Human-trafficking cases are stalled “because victims want to leave the country immediately or weren’t prepared to cooperate with investigators,” the police said.

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Man found not guilty in murder of his ‘sorcerer’ grandfather

The criminal court has acquitted the step-grandson of involvement in the January 2012 murder of Ali Hassan ‘Ayyube’, an alleged sorcerer from the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu Atoll.

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SOF leaks whistleblower given eight months in jail

Gasim Abdul Kareem’s counsel have called for his immediate release, noting that he has already spent a period longer than his eight month prison sentence in state custody.

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Lily International accused of ‘targeting and trapping’ migrant worker

An Indian migrant worker was arrested in the Maldives on charges of assualt hours after he formally accused his employer, Lily International, of withholding his passport in order to prevent him from leaving the country.

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Stabbing victim in critical condition

An 18-year-old man stabbed Sunday night amid a recent spike in violent assaults in the capital is in critical condition. The police have arrested 20 suspects and impounded three vehicles.

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Prison break foiled at police custodial island

A group of detainees broke out of their cells at the police custodial facility on the island of Dhoonidhoo around 3am Monday morning but were caught before they could escape.

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Ex-PPM headquarters vandalised days after anti-Gayoom graffiti found on walls

Used motor oil was thrown on the gates to the PPM headquarters at Thema, days after the building was ransacked and insulting graffiti was found on its inner walls.

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Customs seize 2kg of cocaine

Customs officers seized 2.153kg of cocaine from the luggage of a Bolivian woman who arrived in the Maldives last Monday. Passenger clearance officers at the airport checked her bag and found the drugs after her behaviour aroused their suspicions.

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President apologises for Maldives’ biggest ever corruption scandal

The president asked for forgiveness that the historic graft scandal took place during his tenure, and said: “But no matter how vigilant we are, criminals will continue to commit crimes.”

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Anti-graft watchdog launches probe into Fenaka scandal

The Anti Corruption Comission is looking into abuse of power by Fenaka officials in the apparent embezzlement of some US$1million from the state-owned utility.

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Passport revoked for suspect in stabbing of Nasheed’s lawyer

The immigration department has revoked the passport of Hussain Shafraz, a suspect wanted in connection with the near-fatal stabbing of Mahfooz Saeed on September 4 last year. The lawyer narrowly after undergoing surgery to remove a knife lodged three inches deep above his left ear.

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More than 20kg of hashish oil and heroin, smuggled from India, seized

The police and customs seized some 28.76kg of hashish oil and heroin, some of which were smuggled from India, over the weekend and arrested five men, two women and a minor on drugs smuggling charges

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Police recover MVR6million stolen from Western Union

A group of masked men carrying knives had tied up security guards at the Western Union branch in Malé on Sunday in the biggest burglary reported in recent years

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Adeeb shown Al Jazeera’s corruption exposé in jail

According to Adeeb’s lawyer, the ACC investigators asked “general questions” about secretly filmed confessions by three of Adeeb’s associates featured in the Stealing Paradise documentary about delivering stolen cash to the president.

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Indian university to counter terrorism in the Maldives

The agreement with the Punjab- based Lovely International Trust aims to “build individuals who can counter terrorism” and improve the skills of defence ministry officials, the defence minister said.

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Witnesses testify in trial of Raajje TV journalists

The criminal court heard both prosecution and defence witnesses Tuesday night in the trial of opposition-aligned Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevan Ali Naseer on charges of obstructing police officers.

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Murder suspect hands himself in to Colombo embassy

A 20-year-old man wanted over a fatal stabbing in Malé gave himself up to the authorities by walking into the Maldivian embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday.

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