Suspected arrested over 2016 murder
A suspect wanted by the presidential commission on deaths and disappearances in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Fathir Mohamed was arrested in the early hours of Saturday.
According to media reports, Irufan Rushdee was found on a speedboat that was rescued by the military’s coastguard about 12 miles off Kaadehdhoo island in Gaaf Dhaalu atoll after running out of diesel.
The Maldives National Defence Force handed over Irufan to the police along with three others on the fishing boat.
The arrest came a day after the presidential commission appealed for public assistance in locating the suspect. The immigration claimed Irufan had not returned to the country after leaving in 2015 but he was seen on security camera footage of the murder scene in June 2015, the inquiry commission said.
MP Jabir withdraws police complaint against ex-president Gayoom
MP Abdulla Jabir has withdrawn a complaint filed with the police over former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s alleged failure to repay an MVR29 million (US$1.8 million) loan issued during last year’s presidential election campaign.
The former president and leader of the new Maldives Reform Movement denies taking the loan.
Jabir, who won the Kaashidhoo constituency seat as an independent and went on to become leader of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, told the media on Saturday that he has forgiven Gayoom and that he withdrew the complaint at the behest of his mother.
“Maumoon told me that the money was used to bring democracy. So I believe the money was used for the people,” the lawmaker told newspaper Mihaaru.
Five convicted over death of Bangladeshi girl hit by cement bag
Four migrant workers and their Maldivian supervisor were convicted last Thursday on charges raised over the death of a seven-year-old Bangladeshi girl who was hit by a cement bag that fell from a construction site in Malé.
Rajjav Ali, an Indian worker who operated the winch that was used to lift the bag, was found guilty of reckless homicide and sentenced to six years in prison. Muthmani Ramachandran, who was charged as an accomplice for telling Ali to lift up the bags despite being aware that he not tasked with operating the winch line, was sentenced to three years, two months and 12 days.
Both men had been aware of the risk of a cement bag falling on a pedestrian due to the lack of safety measures, Judge Ali Rasheed Hussain noted in the verdict.
Moosa Hassan, the senior site supervisor, was found guilty of negligent homicide over the failure to take safety measures. The offence carries a sentence of one year and seven months but the judge changed the punishment to a fine of MVR115,000 (US$7,458) after the defence lawyer pleaded for leniency and the prosecution did not object.
Kesharirlal Chauhan and Gulam Mahamad, two workers who were putting bags on the sling when the accident occurred, were found guilty over the failure to warn of imminent danger. They were each fined MVR7,200 over the misdemeanour charge.
The cement bag fell from the fifth floor of Maafannu Nalahiya Manzil, a 10-storey building under construction by the W Construction company. Seven-year-old Rawshan Jian was the daughter of two Bangladeshi doctors who were working at the Faafu Nilandhoo island’s health centre. The family was in the capital during their annual holiday.
Inspections of all construction sites in the capital and its suburbs along with a review of safety regulations were launched after horrific video footage of the tragic accident in December sparked public outrage.
According to media reports, the judge decided that Adam Shafeeq, W Construction’s managing director who was also charged with negligent homicide, should not have to bear criminal responsibility as he had not committed any act related to the accident aside from signing the construction agreement.
Fishing boat caught in Indian waters fined under new law
The owner of a Maldivian boat caught illegally fishing in Indian territorial waters earlier this month has been fined MVR50,000 (US$3,243) under the new fisheries law.
It was the first fine issued after a comprehensive new fisheries law was passed by parliament. Fishing beyond the Maldives’ Exclusive Economic Zone is prohibited as a condition of licenses issued to local boats, the fisheries ministry explained in a statement.
The Anbaree boat was reportedly stopped about three miles off the coast of Minicoy island north of the Maldives. The Indian government later released the 16 crew members on October 7, two days after they were apprehended by the Indian coastguard.
On Twitter over the weekend:
"I am proud to state that 🇲🇻, after a long period of absence, is pursuing a policy of re-engagement with int'l community, to reclaim our place in the global arena, and to contribute constructively in finding solutions to common challenges we face".
– Minister Shahid#NAMBaku2019 pic.twitter.com/C7jxsGkDP1
— MFA Maldives (@MoFAmv) October 26, 2019
Honoured to call on H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan & host country of #NAMBaku2019. I congratulated him on the Presidency of #NAM and assured him of our full support. We will be working together to strengthen our bilateral ties in a number of areas. 🇲🇻 🇦🇿 pic.twitter.com/uSZ3mc6SZq
— Abdulla Shahid 🎈 (@abdulla_shahid) October 26, 2019
Maldivian Cultural Troupe @bidhabin, representing Maldives at the 34th Festival Kreol in Seychelles, performs for the Seychelloise public on the streets of Mahé. #FestivalKreol2019#VisitMaldives@NCA_MDV pic.twitter.com/lAGUWvKA3W
— Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage (@MoACHmv) October 26, 2019
Congratulations to SSGT Ibrahim Najah from Special Forces for winning gold medal in the PI 240 category at the 11th Akshay Kumar International Kudo Tournament. Congratulations to the other Maldivian athletes as well for an amazing performance. pic.twitter.com/LoC3B7P5Yr
— Chief of Defence Force MG.Abdulla Shamaal (@CDFofMNDF) October 26, 2019
It was our honour to have been a part of this function and as the national parent-patient body, we will be there to support their initiatives in anyway we can. We wish Addu Thalassaemia Society a very bright future. 2/2
— MaldivianThalSociety (@mvthalsociety) October 26, 2019
A medical evacuation of a 35-year-old male in critical condition has been carried out from GDh. Thinadhoo Dr.Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital to Male' City by MNDF Southern Command via helicopter today at 15:35 hrs. pic.twitter.com/nQgoUgzYYe
— Maldives National Defence Force (@MNDF_Official) October 26, 2019
— Cancer Society of Maldives (@CancerSocietyMV) October 27, 2019
HDh.Kulhudhuffushi Customs officers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Run-walk organised by HDh Atoll Health Services and @CancerSocietyMV in association with BML, held today in Kulhudhuffushi. pic.twitter.com/KIHa4mZrEa
— Maldives Customs (@CustomsMv) October 26, 2019
— Fuvahmulah Hospital (@fvmhospital) October 26, 2019
— Bank of Maldives 🎀 (@bankofmaldives) October 26, 2019
Salhi Hulhule, 2nd airport cleaning event was held today with airport stakeholders. In just 5 hours approximately 250 tonnes of garbage were collected @VelanaAirport.
Special thanks to @PoliceMv @CustomsMv @MNDF_Official. BUCG, Heavy force and a very special thanks to Team MACL pic.twitter.com/z8paDtDggs
— MACL (@MACLmedia) October 26, 2019
A very proud and historic moment for the Paralympic Community in Maldives as @ParalympicMdv has been granted full membership of International Paralympic Committee @Paralympics. Congratulations to all athletes and especially @ParalympicMdv. 🇲🇻 pic.twitter.com/vp29b5DPDv
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 26, 2019
— Public Interest Law Centre (@pilcmv) October 26, 2019
Initiated by @DiveDesk , volunteers are cleaning the ocean, 30mtrs depth to the shoreline of Rasfannu.
We thank all the volunteers for their time and contribution in this event.
Let us all be part of keeping our ocean and land clean and beautiful. pic.twitter.com/wVAC6CLnI6
— Male' City Council (@MaleCitymv) October 26, 2019
Joined our U-16 National Netball Team to celebrate their third place win in the South Asian U-16 Netball Tournament.
Congratulations 🇲🇻 pic.twitter.com/vSo4TyPB5d
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 26, 2019
#FortumOsloVarme had the great pleasure of hosting a site-visit at our WtE plant in Oslo to @DrHussainHassan from @MoEnvmv. The minister is in #Oslo for the #OurOcean2019 conference and came to hear more about our part of the circular energy and #CCS. #Fortum pic.twitter.com/29NOrYAR2P
— Fortum Norge (@FortumNorge) October 25, 2019
2019 edition of @MvMarineExpo managed by @blakmv comes to an end. We wish to thank all the exhibitors and partners for the continued support and appreciate all who took time and visited the event to explore the best products and services available in Marine Industry pic.twitter.com/sRr6lK2cMZ
— National Boating Association of Maldives (@boatingmv) October 25, 2019
— Yumna Maumoon (@yumna_maumoon) October 25, 2019
Minister @yumna_maumoon and senior officials of @MoACHmv & @NCA_MDV attended the opening ceremony of the 34th Festival Kreol, taking place from today till the 31st of this month in The Republic of Seychelles.#FestivalKreol2019#VisitMaldives pic.twitter.com/B8WY55l80s
— Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage (@MoACHmv) October 25, 2019
The following positions at the Bar Council of the Maldives are now open for applications.
Deadline: 1400 hrs, Thursday, 31st October 2019.
Links below ⬇️
— Bar Council of the Maldives (@MvBarCouncil) October 25, 2019
President @ibusolih reaffirms his commitment to the development of #Maldives tourism industry and destination marketing, visiting the Maldives Stand at @JATATokyo 2019.#TEJ #JATA2019 #VisitMaldives #SunnySideofLife pic.twitter.com/XzjLt08tYT
— Visit Maldives (@visitmaldives) October 25, 2019
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 24, 2019