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High Court claims “no jurisdiction” in Supreme Court bench reduction challenge thumbnail

High Court claims “no jurisdiction” in Supreme Court bench reduction challenge

The High Court has said it is the Supreme Court that is authorised to hear a challenge to the Judicature Act that resulted in the dismissal of former Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Justice Muthasim Adnan.


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Parliament approves import duty hikes

In addition to a 10 percent import duty for oil, import duties for tobacco would be raised from 150 to 200 percent and from 90 laari to MVR1.25 for a single cigarette.


President Yameen welcomes restrictions on right to silence and legal counsel thumbnail

President Yameen welcomes restrictions on right to silence and legal counsel

“The constitution guarantees many rights for citizens. But to my interpretation, these rights are only afforded if they do not obstruct the other’s rights. If they abuse their rights and violate those of others, their rights must be narrowed,” Yameen said.


MDP votes to discipline MPs absent from Supreme Court vote thumbnail

MDP votes to discipline MPs absent from Supreme Court vote

The MDP’s national executive council has given the party’s disciplinary committee seven days to take action against the six MPs who were absent from the Majlis vote to dismiss former Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Judge Muthasim Adnan.


Laamu Atoll identified as potential SEZ as Yameen inaugurates link road thumbnail

Laamu Atoll identified as potential SEZ as Yameen inaugurates link road

While launching the Chinese funded project to build the Laamu link road – the longest in the country, President Yameen said the atoll could become a special economic zone.


PG orders Elections Commission to reprimand MDP for resolution on transfer of power thumbnail

PG orders Elections Commission to reprimand MDP for resolution on transfer of power

Prosecutor General Muhsin has ordered the Elections Commission to take all legal action possible against the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party for its “irresponsible” resolution calling for MP Gasim Ibrahim to assume the presidency as an interim leader.


Supreme Court takes control of MDP’s Civil Court complaint on Faiz, Muthasim dismissal thumbnail

Supreme Court takes control of MDP’s Civil Court complaint on Faiz, Muthasim dismissal

The writ, signed by the Supreme Court registrar and issued in the absence of a Chief Justice, ordered the Civil Court to hand over all case files regarding the opposition’s request to review a recommendation to dismiss two Supreme Court judges.


Silk road deal to be concluded in China-Maldives economic committee thumbnail

Silk road deal to be concluded in China-Maldives economic committee

Discussions will also be held on expediting the Hulhulé bridge project and assisting in the search for oil during the countries’ first Joint Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation.


Japan gifts 100 million yen to government, Hitachi MVR1 million to water crisis fund thumbnail

Japan gifts 100 million yen to government, Hitachi MVR1 million to water crisis fund

Japan’s has today gifted the Maldives ¥100,000,000 (US$840,000) in grant aid, while MWSC shareholder Hitachi has pledged MVR1 million (US$64,800) to the ‘Malé Water Crisis fund’.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories