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  • Terrorism trials begin for over 80 individuals from Thinadhoo
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Few clues in search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan thumbnail

Few clues in search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan

The whereabouts of the Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan remain a mystery despite the efforts of search teams today. His colleagues have expressed hope for a swift and thorough police investigation, while family members have reported intimidation during today’s search.


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Journalist Ahmed Rilwan missing for one week

Rilwan was last seen on the Malé-Hulhumalé ferry at around 1:30am last Friday. Friends and family are conducting a coordinated search of Hulhumalé tomorrow while police continue to investigate.


Government takes back Kaadedhoo airport, uninhabited island from Gasim’s Villa Group thumbnail

Government takes back Kaadedhoo airport, uninhabited island from Gasim’s Villa Group

In addition to terminating the airport agreement, the fisheries ministry has also decided not to renew the lease for Laamu Baresdhoo, which was leased to Villa for agriculture. The moves follow stringent criticism of the special economic zone legislation from JP Leader Gasim at yesterday’s sitting of parliament.


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MDP to protest against “dangerous” SEZ bill

The main opposition party has warned that “the bill on special economic zones in its current form would allow the government to conduct transactions broadly with no transparency and no opportunity for oversight, as a result of which the possibility of losing the country’s independence and sovereignty would be high.”


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Juvenile Court orders gender ministry to assume custody of a minor

The Juvenile Court has released an unprecedented order on the Ministry of Law and Gender to assume custody of a minor whose parents were seen to be unfit to take guardianship of him.


Fear, intimidation aimed at stalling development, says Nasheed thumbnail

Fear, intimidation aimed at stalling development, says Nasheed

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Maldives’ first pass prodemocracy protests, Nasheed expressed concern over a backslide in democratic gains and said recent death threats were a government attempt to stop criticism against its “cloud-castle” policies.


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Minivan News journalist reported missing

Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, 28-years-old, has not been seen since Thursday evening (August 7). He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and black trousers, and often carries a rucksack.


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JP and MDP MPs boycott committee reviewing SEZ bill

JP and MDP MPs boycotted parliament’s economic affairs committee today in protest of alleged procedural violations by the committee’s chair in his haste to complete reviewing the government’s flagship special economic zone (SEZ) legislation.


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MPs debate legislation on health professionals

Presenting the legislation on behalf of the government, PPM MP Ahmed Shiyam claimed that the health sector has deteriorated “as a result of conducting outreach programmes of Israeli zionists and efforts to instil a culture of spreading the Jewish religion in the name of healthcare.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories