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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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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