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  • EU delegation “shocked” to discover fake statement
  • High Court throws out Nazim’s search warrant appeal
  • Opposition delegation in meetings with diplomatic missions in Colombo
Villa Group ordered to pay US$100million in 30 days thumbnail

Villa Group ordered to pay US$100million in 30 days

The tax authority has ordered opposition JP leader Gasim Ibrahim’s Villa Group to pay US$100million within 30 days. However, upon his return to Malé today, Gasim insisted he did not owe MIRA anything, and said the international community was closely monitoring the government’s persecution of opposition leaders.


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Ex-Defence Minister calls for an open, public trial

“I cannot depend on the Prosecutor General to uphold his constitutional responsibilities. Hence, I believe the only means to ensure my rights are defended is a just trial open to the public,” Nazim said in a letter to President Yameen.


Weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles planted to disrupt peaceful protests, says MDP thumbnail

Weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles planted to disrupt peaceful protests, says MDP

The opposition party has claimed weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles found by the police during opposition protests over the weekend were planted to disrupt peaceful protests, and has accused police of colluding with gangs to disperse protesters.


Former chief of defence forces denies involvement in Judge Abdulla arrest thumbnail

Former chief of defence forces denies involvement in Judge Abdulla arrest

While former President Nasheed’s lawyers have named Judges Didi and Bari as witnesses – noting the pair’s presence at Criminal Court chief judge’s residence during arrest – Judge Didi told Moosa Ali Jaleel’s lawyer last night not to name any judge on the bench as witnesses.


HRCM Vice President under threat after police ‘traitor’ claim thumbnail

HRCM Vice President under threat after police ‘traitor’ claim

HRCM VP Tholal and his family had started receiving threatening phone calls and messages after police claimed he had called officers traitors on Friday. The police’s accusations are false and “politically charged,” Tholal has said.


February 27 a historic success, claims opposition thumbnail

February 27 a historic success, claims opposition

Estimating a turnout between 20,000 and 25,000, MDP Chairperson Ali Waheed said the party had decided to end the demonstration at 6pm against many of its supporters’ wishes in order to honor an agreement signed with the JP.


Asking Maldives to abide by commitments “not undue interference,” says UK High Commissioner thumbnail

Asking Maldives to abide by commitments “not undue interference,” says UK High Commissioner

While decisions on domestic matters was up to the Maldives as a sovereign nation, UK High Commissioner John Rankin said reminding the country of its obligations under UN conventions was “a normal matter of diplomatic relations.”


JP Leader Gasim meets Sri Lankan President Sirisena thumbnail

JP Leader Gasim meets Sri Lankan President Sirisena

Jumhooree Party Spokesperson Ali Solih says the party “would not be surprised” if Gasim is taken into custody upon his return to the Maldives.


10,000 protest in Malé, call for President Yameen’s resignation thumbnail

10,000 protest in Malé, call for President Yameen’s resignation

A mass rally organised by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party-Jumhooree Party (MDP-JP) alliance ended at 6pm today, but scattered protests calling for Nasheed’s release continued in Malé beyond 1:00am.


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