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Top lawyers resign amid ‘discontent’ in chief prosecutor’s office

Following the resignation of two top prosecutors, sources from the Prosecutor General’s office have alleged that Bisham’s “abrasive” demeanour and short temper have contributed to growing discontent among her staff.

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Judiciary denies closing high court northern branch after transferring staff to Malé

The department of judicial administration insisted that the northern branch on the island of Kulhudhufushi has not been shut down due to budget constraints. The judiciary was mandated to set up the branch by legal changes approved more than two years ago.

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Police accused of seeking false testimony to arrest Gayoom

Zaidul Ameen, a Malé city councillor under arrest on a blackmailing charge, has accused a senior police officer of threatening to keep him in custody until he gives false testimony that could be used to arrest former President Gayoom.

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Judicial watchdog backs supreme court’s sacking of judge

The Judicial Service Commission decided at a meeting on Monday that it does not have to take further action since the constitution declares the supreme court to be “the final authority” on all matters dealt with by a court of law.

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Government tight-lipped amid growing clamour to reveal Saudi project for Faafu atoll

Speculation of the imminent sale of Faafu atoll to the Saudi royal family intensified this week when the media learned of the Saudi King’s upcoming official visit to the Maldives, prompting concerns over the scope for corruption, threats to sovereignty, and potential damage to the environment.

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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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Nasheed receives Courage Award at Geneva human rights summit

The convicted opposition leader was bestowed the prestigious ‘2017 Courage Award’ by a coalition of 25 international human rights groups at the ninth annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

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Jailed lawmaker leaves for medical treatment in India

Independent MP Ahmed Mahloof has issued several press statements from jail during the past month, expressing concern over the treatment of inmates at the Maafushi jail and criticising the judiciary, Yameen’s state of the nation address, and the change of burials from the capital to Hulhumalé.

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Saudi king to visit Maldives in March

King Salman had accepted an invitation to visit the Maldives during President Abdulla Yameen’s second official visit to Saudi Arabia in October last year.

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Campaigning underway for April’s local council elections

Both the PPM and MDP have been gearing up for the campaign in recent days. The stakes in the Maldives’ third local council election are higher than the previous polls as it will put claims of overwhelming public support to the test.

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Top Chinese diplomat concludes official visit to Maldives

During the three-day visit, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou visited the project site of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge and inspected expansion work at both the Velana International Airport and a China-funded social housing project in Hulhumalé.

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In unprecedented move, supreme court sacks civil court judge

The apex court declared that Judge Mariyam Waheed has “lost the legitimacy, legal capacity, and authority” to remain on the bench after she ruled against the government in a long-running dispute over the lease of Vaavu Bodumohora for resort development.

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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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MDP activists, arrested over mock grave, released

The six men from Ukulhas were accused of “sorcery and unruly behaviour” after opposition supporters created a mock grave outside the home of an MDP activist who switched to the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives.

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“I did it for my job”: government employees say they were forced to join PPM

“Our manager said that our signatures are needed for the sake of his job and ours,” an employee at STO said. Some signed up voluntarily, in the hope for getting jobs for family members.

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With Yameen’s re-election bid in full swing, PPM appears stronger than ever

Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.

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MDP elects Hassan Latheef as new chairperson

Hassan Latheef, a prominent lawyer and former minister, was elected as the chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party on Friday

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