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Police confiscate phones amid Faris bribery trial

The police action follows Ahmed Shafiu’s allegations of a lawmaker attempting to coerce false testimony against MP Faris Maumoon, who is at the centre of the trial.

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Government’s new spin doctor McCue slammed

The celebrated human rights lawyer’s alliance with the Maldivian president has thrust him into the social media spotlight and made him the focus of fevered exchanges in opposition chat groups.

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President warns of ideological warfare, malicious economic schemes

President Abdulla Yameen said countries were subjugated by means of ideological warfare and malicious economic schemes.

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Nasheed vilified at PPM Victory Day rally

Speakers at the rally sought to tie the opposition leader with the failed coup attempt by a group of Maldivians and Tamil mercenaries to overthrow former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in November 1988. 

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Key witness in MP Faris bribery trial alleges coercion

Ahmed Shafiu, a Jumhooree Party activist, accused ruling party MP Ahmed Rasheed Ibrahim of seeking false testimony to support bribery charges against MP Faris Maumoon.

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Sri Lanka aiding opposition coup plots, alleges lawmaker

MP Riyaz Rasheed told the press he was concerned that neighbouring countries were allowing exiled Maldivian politicians to plot attempts to oust President Abdulla Yameen. 

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‘No chance’ for Nasheed in 2018 election

Ruling party lawmakers Wednesday rushed to declare that former President Mohamed Nasheed cannot contest in the 2018 presidential election after he asserted that foreign pressure would secure his candidacy. 

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US, UK condemn Nazim’s 1000-day detention

Maldives former defence minister was found guilty of weapons smuggling in 2015 and sentenced to 11 years in prison, but a UN rights panel found he was not afforded a fair trial.

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‘Too early’ to discuss interim candidate, says Gayoom

Gayoom’s remarks fuelled speculation that the joint opposition parties have been unable to agree on choosing a non-politician as an interim leader as suggested by former President Mohamed Nasheed.

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Faris bribery trial postponed

The son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom allegedly bribed a fellow lawmaker before a no-confidence vote against the parliament speaker in July.

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Greenhouse gas reduction agreement approved by parliament

Parliament on Monday approved the ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to reduce the global production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Raajje TV pays fine as court appeal begins

Raajje TV was last month penalised for broadcasting remarks from an opposition MP, the third fine slapped on it this year by the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.

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On anniversary of 1988 coup, Maldives threatened by ‘secularism and extremism’

Speaking at an event to mark the 29th anniversary of Victory Day, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said both secular or irreligious thought and religious extremism pose a threat to Maldivian independence.

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Watchdog deferred inquiry into US$1m deposited to president’s account

A local company implicated in a historic corruption scandal deposited US$1 million into President Abdulla Yameen’s private account at the Maldives Islamic Bank, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Disqualification of three MPs ‘egregiously partisan move’

The EC informed parliament Tuesday that MPs Mohamed Musthafa, Saudhulla Hilmy and Ali Shah have lost their seats following their expulsion from the Progressive Party of Maldives.

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Inquiry underway into quarrel between top police officers

Amid reports of reshuffles, dismissals and demotions of the highest-ranking police officers, an inquiry by a special committee at the president’s office is underway into a quarrel between Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef and Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Saudhy.

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High Court overrules objections to bench change in MP Faris appeal

The presiding judge in the three-judge panel overseeing the case was changed after hearings concluded in early August. The lawmaker was arrested on a bribery charge in late July and placed under detention for the duration of the trial.

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