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Missing journalist’s family pepper sprayed at ‘Question March’

Police officers obstructed a march held in Malé today by family and friends of missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan, pepper spraying family members at the front line and arresting one relative.

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Journalist’s family marks one year of disappearance with moment of silence

Meanwhile, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has sent a letter to President Abdulla Yameen calling on the government to ensure a credible and independent investigation into the journalist’s disappearance.

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Youth group launches campaign calling for public referendum on foreign freeholds

Mabrook Azeez, a member of the ‘Heylaa’ (Awake) youth group, said the gathering was planned as “a networking event” to share views on the issue, enlist participants, and plan the campaign against allowing foreign investors to own land in the Maldives.

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Imran taken back into police custody

The Adhaalath Party president’s transfer to prison, just a day after the criminal court chief judge placed him under house arrest, was based on a secret intelligence report and points to a rift within the criminal court.

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Chief judge questions charges against suspects accused of assaulting policeman

The chief judge repeated his criticism of the PG office’s decision to charge 11 out of 13 suspects with assault using a dangerous weapon despite evidence showing the accused beating a policeman with their hands and feet.

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Verdict in airport protest delayed for a second time

The Criminal Court has delayed for the second time a verdict against some 15 opposition supporters of charged with protesting in March at the restricted Malé international airport.

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Vice president Adeeb in Egypt on first official visit

In his first official visit since assuming the vice presidency last month, Adeeb is due to attend the opening of a new Suez Canal pathway measuring 35km – a key project in Egyptian president Abdul Fattah Al Sisi’s economic agenda.

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Parliament approves five nominees to tax authority’s board

The parliament today approved five nominees proposed by President Abdulla Yameen to the board of the tax authority, the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA).

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Prosecutor general in spat with criminal court chief judge

Prosecutor General Muhthaz Muhsin slammed criminal court chief judge Abdulla Mohamed today for questioning the validity of charges filed against several suspects accused of assaulting a police officer during a mass anti-government protest on May 1.

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Indian foreign secretary departs after official visit

The foreign secretary’s visit came amidst fears of Chinese military expansion in the Maldives following controversial amendments brought to the constitution that allow foreigners to own freeholds in the country with an investment of US$1 billion.

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Sheikh Imran transferred to house arrest

The President of Adhaalath Party Sheikh Imran Abdulla, indicted for terrorism and held in a high security prison, was transferred to house arrest today.

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Malé’s northern waterfront under construction again

Malé City’s northern waterfront is once again under construction with the presidential pier and the Republic Square closed to the public for further renovations. Two massive pine trees at the main square have also been uprooted.

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Parliament rejects bills proposed by opposition MPs

The parliament has rejected two pieces of legislation submitted by main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs on imposing price controls for staple foodstuffs and dissolving inactive companies.

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MPs raise concern over Addu power cuts, expenses for independence celebrations

Opposition MPs are raising questions over the government’s use of some MVR150million (US$9.7million) for the Golden Jubilee of Independence celebrations and persistent power outages in southern Addu City

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Cash prizes and beach sports part of Elections Commission’s democracy week

The Elections Commission is to celebrate democracy in October with a debate, poster and essay competitions, quizzes, beach sports and a family evening.

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Yameen welcomes state appeal of ex-president’s terrorism conviction

Welcoming the Prosecutor General’s decision to appeal a terrorism conviction against former president Mohamed Nasheed, President Abdulla Yameen today pledged to do all he can to address the opposition leader’s concerns through the Maldivian judicial processes.

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Official accused of corruption nominated to human rights watchdog

President Abdulla Yameen has nominated to the human rights watchdog an official accused of defrauding the state of MVR24million (US$1.55million) in 2009 and 2011.

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