Responding to criticism following the release of two suspects held in pre-trial detention, the Criminal Court has claimed that “the Prosecutor General’s Office had advised that it saw no reason to keep Mohamed Sameeh in further detention.”
In an emotional letter today, Aminath Easa, 67, appealed to mothers of victims to hold Maldives ailing justice system and law enforcement agencies accountable. A meeting of families has been called for September 3, Wednesday, at 9:00 pm at the Malé City Hall.
The Criminal Court yesterday ordered the release of the two suspects who had been kept in pre-trial detention since their arrest on the night of February 1 shortly after Alhan was stabbed in the back in Malé.
“Extending the budget of the commission by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury without the approval of the parliament negates the objective of approving the budget of public institutions by the parliament as set out in enabling laws of the former,” stated the ACC’s audit report for 2013.
The termination of an agreement with British forensic accounting firm Grant Thornton to investigate alleged misappropriation of state funds by the Gayoom regime cost the government MVR66.17 million (US$4.2 million), a special audit report of the defunct presidential commission has revealed.
The Civil Aviation Authority has told local media that aircraft sighted over Huvadhoo Atoll last week had originated from the US military base in Diego Garcia. The US has previously disputed the Maldives’ restrictions to its airspace.
Friends and family of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan – believed abducted and last seen on August 8 – have launched a petition to be submitted to the parliament’s National Security Committee.
The SEZ bill “would bring unparalleled development” to the Maldives and accelerate development of the country’s rural atolls, said celebrating Progressive Party of Maldives MPs.
Nasheed – acting Maldivian Democratic Party president since April – received 33,709 votes from a total of 57,203 eligible voters, while former MP Ali Waheed secured the chairmanship, also uncontested, with 26,033 votes.