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Top judge denies faking signature on Supreme Court ruling

James Dauris said he had spoken to Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, who signed a verdict saying that nine prisoners should be freed until they could have fair trials.

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No obstacle to enforcing order: Supreme Court

An unfolding crisis in the Maldives is escalating after the attorney general declared Sunday morning that the security services will defy a new Supreme Court order for the removal of President Yameen.

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Government squares up to Supreme Court over presidential impeachment ‘threat’

Statements initially suggested the government’s compliance but the attorney general’s latest remarks and comments from the military indicate further turmoil for the honeymoon destination.

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President breaks silence over Supreme Court ruling

Yameen was addressing ruling party supporters in the capital, making it his first public appearance since Thursday night’s decision was published.

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Maldives acting police chief fired

A police spokesman told media that President Adbulla Yameen has appointed Deputy Commissioner Abdulla Nawaz to replace Ahmed Saudhee.

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Maldives parliament opening cancelled for security reasons

The first sitting for 2018 was scheduled for Monday and due to be addressed by President Abdulla Yameen. It was cancelled indefinitely, parliament said in a message sent to journalists.

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State to submit concerns to Supreme Court over verdict

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed advised the implementation of the ruling following due process and the Prosecutor General’s office said it was working to complete the necessary procedures.

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Government undeterred by Supreme Court ruling, says PPM

Ministers and lawmakers at a press conference Friday afternoon declared loyalty to Yameen and condemned the opposition’s alleged plot to topple the government. 

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‘Imperative’ for government to release prisoners: India

“In the spirit of democracy and rule of law, it is imperative for all organs of the Government of Maldives to respect and abide by the order of the apex court,” the external affairs ministry said Friday.

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Regulator threatens to shut down TV stations

Private TV stations will be shut down without notice if coverage of the unfolding crisis is deemed to pose a threat to national security, the Maldives broadcasting watchdog has warned.

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‘No choice’ but to enforce Supreme Court ruling: opposition

Riot police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse people who had gathered in their thousands on Thursday night to celebrate the imminent freedom of high-profile prisoners.

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Teargas and riot shields as government urges restraint after court ruling

The defence minister said it could be a time of a national security crisis, as hundreds of people filled the capital’s streets to celebrate the imminent freedom of opposition leaders.

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Supreme Court orders Nasheed’s release in landmark ruling

The Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of high-profile prisoners including the former president Mohamed Nasheed and former vice president Ahmed Adeeb.

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MP Faris submits case to Supreme Court

Faris Maumoon is already on trial for identity fraud and bribery and was recently released after six months in custody. But he was arrested last Saturday on fresh charges of plotting to overthrow the government by bribing politicians.

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Councillors suspended ahead of opposition rally

The suspension comes as the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party prepares to hold a rally on the island. All five councillors are involved in setting it up.

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Police probe into alleged coup ramped up

The probe began with the arrest of MP Faris Maumoon for attempting to overthrow the government by bribing politicians, and intensified with the arrest of three people close to his father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on the same charges.

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Elections Commission chief resigns

Ahmed Sulaiman told the Maldives Independent that he had sent in his resignation Wednesday but refused to comment on why he was quitting.

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