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EU parliament discusses Maldives human rights situation

MEPs discussed “the continued lack of respect for the peaceful expression of the political opposition, worsening security trends including sharp radicalisation of parts of society and the high number of foreign fighters from the country joining the ranks of ISIS, as well as the overall decrease in the respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

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‘No doubt’ of opposition parliamentary majority, Nasheed claims

“Our goal is to bring an end to President Yameen’s rule. I urge all party members to dedicate your time to the efforts to remove President Yameen from power,” the opposition leader said in a statement released Monday on the occasion of his Maldivian Democratic Party’s 12th anniversary.

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MP Faris charged over use of PPM flag

The MP for Dhiggaru was charged with identity fraud under section 312 of the penal code. Causing a person to falsely believe that the defendant was lawfully exercising official or legislative authority is a class five felony that carries a two-year prison sentence.

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Adeeb a high flight risk, says attorney general

“In what country would a person convicted of trying to kill the head of state be allowed to escape? In what country would someone who embezzled millions of dollars be allowed to leave with that money?” he asked.

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Police seek charges against Gayoom’s assistant

The police are seeking charges former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant over his refusal to appear for questioning over the alleged bribery of lawmakers by MP Faris Maumoon.

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Opposition lawmaker slams broadcasting regulator over Medianet fine

Opposition MP Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid slammed the broadcasting regulator Thursday night over an MVR500,000 (US$32,425) fine imposed on the main cable television provider for rebroadcasting an Al Jazeera corruption exposé.

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Calls grow to authorise medical leave for Adeeb

Amnesty International has joined opposition figures to call on the government to authorise medical leave from prison for Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

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Cable TV provider fined half a million for airing Al Jazeera corruption exposé

According to state media, the ‘Stealing Paradise’ documentary, which exposed systemic corruption, abuse of power and criminal activity at the highest level of government, was deemed to pose a threat to national security.

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Opposition leaders welcome Gayoom back to Maldives

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was welcomed back to the Maldives by opposition leaders and supporters Wednesday night after nearly three months overseas.

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Government borrows US$52m for ‘short-term financing’

The loan was taken from the Bank of Maldives on March 28 to settle unpaid bills and “manage cash flow,” according to information shared by the finance ministry with parliament’s public accounts committee.

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Adam Azim released

Azim, the brother of jailed former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim and shadow minister of the Maldives United Opposition, was interrogated over remarks made during an appearance on the private broadcaster Sangu TV.

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Revisions to criminal procedures law withdrawn

A raft of amendments proposed by the government to the new criminal procedures law was abruptly withdrawn before it was put to a vote at Tuesday’s sitting of parliament.

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Government moves to slash oil tariff

The parliament has approved government-sponsored legislation for reducing the import duty for petroleum products from 10 to five percent.

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Azim questioned over Sangu TV appearance

Adam Azim, a senior opposition figure arrested on charges of encouraging the government’s overthrow was questioned by the police for nearly five hours Sunday about his appearance on Sangu TV.

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Police question Vnews editor over ‘misleading’ headline

The police contended that the headline, ‘Adam Azim arrested on charges of trying to topple the government,’ misrepresented the content of the arrest warrant. The senior opposition figure was accused of speaking in a manner that encouraged the illegal overthrow of the government.

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‘What I saw as real was not reality’: Adeeb’s open letter from prison

The jailed former vice president shared an open letter to the public through his lawyer after failing to secure permission to travel overseas for the treatment of glaucoma, kidney stones and internal cysts.

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Opposition celebrates MP Mahloof’s release

Independent MP Ahmed Mahloof was released Friday morning after serving 10 months and 24 days in prison on two counts of police obstruction.

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