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Police to assist with Maafushi Prison security after jail break thumbnail

Police to assist with Maafushi Prison security after jail break

A police team will be stationed on Maafushi Island to assist MCS on a need to basis and the two institutions are currently taking measures to strengthen security, a police statement today said.


High Court grants Humam a month to appoint lawyer in death penalty appeal thumbnail

High Court grants Humam a month to appoint lawyer in death penalty appeal

The High Court has granted Hussein Humam, convicted of killing MP Dr Afrashim Ali, a one month period to appoint a lawyer at today’s appeal hearing. Humam was sentenced to death for intentional murder.


MPs urged to stay in at night as MNDF offers personal security thumbnail

MPs urged to stay in at night as MNDF offers personal security

MPs have been offered personal security between the hours of 7am and 1am. “The MNDF also requests you to pay special attention to your safety and protection if you absolutely need to go outside tonight,” read a message sent by the Majlis Secretariat to members yesterday.


Home minister acknowledges gang involvement in Rilwan case, blames opposition for slow progress thumbnail

Home minister acknowledges gang involvement in Rilwan case, blames opposition for slow progress

“We already knew that there is a gang connection to Rilwan’s case,” Umar Naseer told state television. “The biggest cause of obstruction to this investigation is the MDP”.


MACL ordered to pay nearly MVR1 million in pay discrimination damages thumbnail

MACL ordered to pay nearly MVR1 million in pay discrimination damages

The Employment Tribunal has ordered MACL to pay MVR 987,000 in damages to 40 staff for discrimination in basic salaries in the first class action suit of is kind in the Maldives.


Exit permits required for foreign workers from today thumbnail

Exit permits required for foreign workers from today

Foreign workers in the Maldives will require an exit permit signed by their employer before being allowed to leave the country. Local NGOs have expressed concern at the scheme’s potential for abuse.


Amnesty calls on Maldives police to “intensify efforts” into cases of threats, violence, and abductions thumbnail

Amnesty calls on Maldives police to “intensify efforts” into cases of threats, violence, and abductions

“The Government of the Maldives is obliged under the international human rights instruments it has ratified to ensure the security and physical integrity of all persons,” said the Human Rights NGO in a statement released yesterday.


OHCHR expresses concern over Human Rights Commission charges thumbnail

OHCHR expresses concern over Human Rights Commission charges

The OHCHR urged the government to “firmly defend the independence of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives in line with the commitments made during the first UPR of the Maldives in 2011.”


PG withdraws corruption charges against Islamic Minister’s wife thumbnail

PG withdraws corruption charges against Islamic Minister’s wife

PG Muhuthaz Muhusin has withdrawn corruption charges against Islamic Minister’s wife Fathimath Afiyaa for forming a company with a foreign party to trade in jewelry – an offense that carries a three year jail term.


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