Kirsty Brimelow QC is one of three UK legal experts on former President Mohamed Nasheed’s legal team. She speaks to Minivan News about her experience in other small island states and the importance of a publicly-respected judiciary for upholding democracy.
Former Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi resigned prematurely after he was charged along with former President Mohamed Nasheed for detaining Chief Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Didi recalls his experiences in the 1988 coup attempt and his recovery of the armoury key – an action that earned him a medal for exceptional bravery.
“Both candidates are handing out cash, in the guise of medical assistance”: Minivan News exposes an extensive culture of vote-buying and complete lack of issues-based campaigning during Kaashidhoo by-election.
“I think the tourism industry has the responsibility to provide information on the great wrong that has been done to the average person of the Maldives,” says former Tourism Minister Dr Mariyam Zulfa.
Saga of the judiciary and the coup “sounds like a conspiracy novel – but it is reality. And people are finding it hard to believe because of that,” says outspoken whistleblower on the judicial watchdog, Aishath Velezinee.
Maltreatment of the elderly is considered among the greatest sins in Islam – yet destitute relatives are being forced out of crowded family homes to live and beg on Male’s streets, writes Hawwa Lubna.
If the JSC was functioning properly – and if the Majlis was up to its oversight duties – we would not have got to this stage, former President’s Member on the JSC Aishath Velezinee tells Minivan News. “But when all state institutions fail, then it is necessary to act rather than watch while the country falls down.”
“We are facing rapidly rising fuel costs; undeniably the way forward is sustainable agriculture using renewable energy technology in the agricultural sector.”
Maldives Ambassador to the UN, Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, speaks to Minivan News about the Maldives-US relationship, climate politics and the challenges facing the country with the introduction of new interpretations of religion.