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JSC denies reports of ethical misconduct case against new prosecutor general thumbnail

JSC denies reports of ethical misconduct case against new prosecutor general

The Judicial Service Commission has denied allegations by opposition-aligned Raajje TV that it had found Criminal Court Judge Muhthaz Muhsin guilty of ethical misconduct. Muhsin was approved as the new prosecutor general by parliament yesterday.


Maldives to boycott Israeli products, annul bilateral agreements thumbnail

Maldives to boycott Israeli products, annul bilateral agreements

“President Yameen and the Maldivian citizens are with the Palestinian people”, said Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, revealing plans to boycott products, annul bilateral agreements, and to condemn the offensive in the UN Human Rights Council.


Majlis approves Criminal Court Judge Muhthaz Muhsin for prosecutor general post thumbnail

Majlis approves Criminal Court Judge Muhthaz Muhsin for prosecutor general post

The People’s Majlis has approved Criminal Court Judge Muhthaz Muhsin following 9 months of political wrangling over the appointment. Several MPs of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party were among the 62 voting in Muhsin’s favour.


No intention to “displease” Russia with Seleznyov expulsion, says home minister thumbnail

No intention to “displease” Russia with Seleznyov expulsion, says home minister

“Had it been known that he was a high-profile person in Russia, we would have discussed with Russia. We would have talked and found out what they thought of the matter. We don’t want at all to do anything to displease Russia,” said Umar Naseer.


MDP calls parliamentary debate on Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed sex tape scandal thumbnail

MDP calls parliamentary debate on Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed sex tape scandal

The MDP resolution said the JSC contravened its own standards in determining misconduct in order to save Judge Hameed and “sacrificed judicial independence and the Constitution and prioritized [Judge] Ali Hameed’s interests” by purposefully delaying the case for over a year.


Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days thumbnail

Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days

Over MVR300,000 (US$19,455) has been donated in the first two days to the Gaza Fund set up by the religious conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) to provide financial assistance to Palestinians affected by the ongoing Israeli aggression.


President pardons former MP Abdulla Jabir thumbnail

President pardons former MP Abdulla Jabir

President Abdulla Yameen pardoned former opposition MP Abdulla Jabir on Wednesday. He had been serving a one year sentence for refusal to provide urine. The Criminal Court has acquitted Jabir of alcohol and cannabis charges.


PPM MPs to vote Muhthaz for PG in defiance of party leader’s appeal thumbnail

PPM MPs to vote Muhthaz for PG in defiance of party leader’s appeal

The PPM parliamentary group’s decision comes after PPM Leader Gayoom sent a letter – subsequently leaked on social media – to the party’s MPs yesterday asking them to vote for Maumoon Hameed and approve his nomination to the vacant post of Prosecutor General.


Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament thumbnail

Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament

New procedures meant that young people arrested by police would have their records cleared should their cases not be forwarded to the PG’s Office, Umar Naseer told MPs.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories