Rilwan’s family concerned with direction of abduction trial

Alif Rauf and Mohamed Nooradeen are accused of forcing Ahmed Rilwan into a car at knifepoint outside his apartment building in Hulhumalé in August 2014. Both were arrested shortly after his disappearance but freed two months later.

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Opposition councillor under arrest

Ali Hashim, the president of the Dhidhdhoo island council, has been placed under arrest on charges of forging official documents, tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses.

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Standoff between knife-wielding groups under investigation

A widely shared video of a standoff between two groups of young men on the capital’s main thoroughfare has sparked outrage and concern over public safety. 

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Nearly 2kg of drugs seized from postal parcels

The haul included “ecstasy, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cannabis tree branches, heroin, methcathinone, and mephedron.”

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Watchdog denies seeking charges over custodial death

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives has denied media reports of seeking charges over a custodial death of a Maafushi jail inmate whose family alleges he was denied treatment.

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Slain blogger’s family ‘left with no answers and little hope’

“According to the official narrative, no one ordered my son’s murder. No one paid these suspects. They acted on their own,” Yameen Rasheed’s father wrote in an op-ed.

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Siyad Gasim pleads not guilty to bribery

It emerged at Sunday’s pre-trial hearing that the prosecution is yet to obtain a crucial piece of evidence against the Villa conglomerate’s managing director.

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May Day protester released after three years in prison

The clemency board released Sunday a young man who was serving a five-year prison sentence over the assault of a policeman during a mass protest on May Day 2015. Ibrahim

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Two Maldivians arrested in largest ecstasy bust in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police seized nearly two thousand ecstasy pills worth more than US$6,320 after a tip-off while the Maldivian suspects were on their way to sell the pills to customers.

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Criminal court staff suspected of leaking secret statements

A criminal court staff is suspected of leaking earlier this month secret statements from witnesses in the upcoming terrorism trials of top judges and politicians.

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Anti-graft watchdog seeks charges to recover MVR108m

After closing 288 cases during the first quarter of 2017, the ACC said Tuesday that it has forwarded four cases to the Prosecutor General’s office to press charges against five government officials.

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Expert explains DNA evidence in Rilwan abduction trial

DNA lifted from hairs found in the trunk of a car owned by one of the defendants matched Rilwan’s mother.

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Top Maldives judges found guilty of influencing official conduct

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were accused of influencing judges. Their trial was held in secret but the sentencing hearing was open to the media and public.

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Verdict delayed as Justice Hameed rushed to hospital

Wednesday’s sentencing hearing was postponed several times and eventually cancelled after the Hameed was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties before he went into the courtroom.

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Maldives chief justice found guilty

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed was found guilty of obstruction of state function and handed a prison sentence of four months and 24 days.

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Judge change in terror trial

Lawyers said it was against the criminal procedures law to hold hearings without stating the reason for a change in the presiding judge.

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Teary-eyed judge declares innocence in terror trial

The state accuses Justice Ali Hameed of accepting bribes to influence judges before issuing a shock Supreme Court ruling in an attempt to overthrow the lawfully elected government. He denies the charge.

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