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Government blames Nasheed for delay in MRI scan

A home ministry spokesman said the doctor had recommended Nasheed rest in a stress free environment and undergo physiotherapy and daily swims before obtaining the MRI. “But President Nasheed has opted not to swim daily. This is why we have not facilitated a scan for him,” he said.

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Cherie Blair speaks out against sanctions on the Maldives

Blair said sanctions must not be used over the imprisonment of a single individual, former President Mohamed Nasheed. In response, his lawyers said they will pursue targeted sanctions against individual abusers because of the numerous political prisoners in the Maldives.

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Opposition slams foreign minister’s gripe of ‘global spotlight’ hampering democracy

MPs of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have slammed Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon’s claim that the global spotlight on the Maldives is hampering the growth of nascent democratic institutions.

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Yameen deflects criticism over slow progress in fulfilling sports pledges

President Abdulla Yameen has blamed slow progress in the construction of sports stadiums and mosques on an alleged lack of construction companies in the Maldives.

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Supreme Court’s latest writ ‘compromises independence of watchdog bodies’

A Supreme Court writ ordering the Attorney General’s (AG) Office to represent all state offices, including independent institutions, has caused concern, with lawyers saying the writ contravenes the constitution and compromises the independence of independent institutions.

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Government will not bow to foreign pressure, declares President Yameen

Following renewed calls by the UN human rights chief and the UK for former President Nasheed’s release, Yameen said there are “things I will not do no matter how much pressure” is brought to bear on the government, insisting that releasing imprisoned opposition politicians would be unlawful as they were sentenced following independent judicial processes.

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High Court releases former official jailed on corruption charges

Ibrahim Riyaz was found guilty of abuse of authority in awarding a US$21 million land reclamation project in late 2010 to Heavy Load Maldives – a company owned by the family of Deputy Speaker of Parliament ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik.

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Ex-MP Nazim lodges complaint over mistreatment

Former ruling party MP Ahmed Nazim has lodged a complaint with the human rights watchdog over alleged mistreatment in state custody.

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Ex-defence minister Nazim authorised to seek medical care in India

The government has granted jailed former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim permission to seek medical treatment abroad. He has been authorized to leave the Maldives for seven days.

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Government criticises UN rights chief over ‘inappropriate’ calls for Nasheed’s release

“To seek the release of an individual purely on the basis of his political standing and having [no] regard to the allegations against him is inappropriate, and clearly seeks to circumvent the rule of law,” the foreign ministry said after Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain urged the government to release the former president “given the deeply tainted nature of [his] case.”

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Court rejects ex-defence minister’s request for medical treatment

The civil court has rejected a request by jailed ex Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim for medical treatment abroad and a transfer to house arrest. It claims it has no jurisdiction over the matter.

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Nasheed must appeal at Supreme Court, says President Yameen

The government has done all it could to ensure former President Mohamed Nasheed’s right to appeal his conviction on terrorism charges, President Abdulla Yameen said last night, and advised the opposition leader to file an appeal at the Supreme Court after the High Court rejected the state’s appeal of his 13-year jail sentence.

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Government assures investigation of alleged bugging of ex-president’s meeting with lawyers

Following international media coverage of the alleged secret surveillance, the prisons authority said in a statement – posted in English on Twitter by the foreign ministry yesterday – that the “suggestion that the Maldives Correctional Services or the government is responsible for this infringement is wholeheartedly rejected.”

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Jailed ex-defence minister brought to hospital with persisting health problems

Nazim’s brother Adam Azim told The Maldives Independent that the retired colonel has had countless hospital visits since his imprisonment in March due to complications with his health, stressing that Nazim did not suffer any of the problems before his arrest.

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High Court upholds acquittal of president’s brother on corruption charges

Abdulla Algeen was accused of embezzling US$177,460 of Japanese funding from the Department of Meteorology while he was its director, but the High Court ruled that the prosecution was unable to prove that the money in question was owed to the state.

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MDP resumes anti-government campaign with protest march

A moratorium on street protests was part of a deal made with the government in exchange for the release of political prisoners. The MDP withdrew from the talks after Nasheed was taken back to Maafushi jail on August 23, citing the government’s refusal to honour its commitment to release the former president and other jailed opposition politicians.

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High Court rejects state’s appeal of Nasheed’s conviction

Following a preliminary hearing held yesterday to decide whether to proceed with the appeal, the three-judge panel ruled unanimously that it could not accept the case because it was not filed by Nasheed.

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