Following the home minister’s order to proceed with preparations for implementing the death penalty, Amnesty have called the decision a “serious setback for human rights in the country”.
The cabinet had not discussed implementing the death penalty before Home Minister Umar Naseer ordered the correctional services yesterday to enforce death sentences through lethal injection, the president has revealed.
Although government officials describe rising catches and steady prices, local fishermen worry that the growing costs will pose an intolerable increase in the cost of managing fishing vessels. Meanwhile, government pledges of assistance have failed to inspire confidence.
During his three day state visit to Sri Lanka, President Yameen is reported to be considering allowing Sri Lankan fishing vessels passage through Maldivian waters. He is also said to have opted against a proposed Status of Forces Agreement with the US.
Some 176 candidates seeking the party ticket are contesting in 58 primary races in order to determine who will will compete in March’s parliamentary elections. Polls will open at 2:30pm and close at 8:00pm on Friday in 133 islands.
Former Attorney General Husnu Suood has stated there is nothing to investigate, suggesting instead that his suspension is linked to his role in the investigation of Justice Ali Hameed’s alleged appearance in a sex tape.
New regulations – in force since January 1 – state that, should any judge receive below 50 points in two consecutive appraisal terms, the judicial watchdog will recommended the Majlis retire or transfer the individual.
“I order the Maldives Correctional Services to implement the death penalty – as sentenced by the Supreme Court – through the use of lethal injection, and to make all necessary arrangements for the implementation of such sentences,” read the minister’s decree.
The auditor general’s report states that MVR4.7 million worth goods and services were purchased through the military’s society SIFCO, contrary to regulations which mandates services below MVR25,000 be purchased after a review of proposals.