Hassan Ali was immigration controller when the journalist went missing.
The police brutality was caught on video.
No Maldivian has been convicted of human trafficking to date.
The books were confiscated from an annual book fair.
Names were revealed in documents shared with defence lawyers.
The new recruits included a former vice president, home minister and lawmakers.
Secret witnesses were "being influenced," the prosecutor told the court.
Shifau is accused of abuse of authority to unduly benefit a third party.
The evidence was deemed insufficient to prove criminal intent.
Aasandha also gave US$12,300 to the former first lady's charity.
It was made mandatory for taxis to start using a mobile app.
The majority leader floated the idea of naturalising long-term residents.
It was the first case wrapped up by the inquiry commission.
Money was wired through Western Union to an Islamic State-linked group.
No suspects charged with joining militant groups have been convicted to date.
A regional centre generated electricity from burning waste.
Monday's hearing was cancelled after a defence lawyer called in sick.