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  • Majlis sitting adjourned after minister’s question time
  • Dharumavantha mosque Imam to be held in pre-trial detention
  • Thief offers to return stolen phone in exchange for sex
Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack thumbnail

Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack

An anonymous witness told the Criminal Court today that two suspects in the attack “looked very similar” to the men they saw fleeing the scene. Asward blames the uncertainty on an 18 month delay in prosecution.


GMR failed to conduct political risk assessment prior to investing, says President Yameen thumbnail

GMR failed to conduct political risk assessment prior to investing, says President Yameen

“At a time when you had a very heightened political environment in Maldives, at a time when the parliament was polarised, it was a pity that political risk assessment was not undertaken by GMR,” said President Abdulla Yameen.


Five police brutality cases from February 2012 ongoing at court, AG tells Majlis thumbnail

Five police brutality cases from February 2012 ongoing at court, AG tells Majlis

MDP MP Eva Abdulla today questioned Attorney General Mohamed Anil about the implementation of recommendations by CoNI regarding acts of police brutality on February 6, 7, and 8, 2012.


Evacuation of Israelis demonstrates radical’s threat to guesthouse tourism thumbnail

Evacuation of Israelis demonstrates radical’s threat to guesthouse tourism

Anti-Israeli protests led to the emptying of several guest houses on Thulusdhoo and the cancellation of bookings, while nearby resorts have called off excursions. Can vigilante actions by a small group of radicals pose serious risks for the emerging guest house sector?


Government’s reaction to death threats is a test of democracy: IPU thumbnail

Government’s reaction to death threats is a test of democracy: IPU

“[T]he authorities’ response to the threats and their capacity to promote, with the help of the opposition, real inclusiveness and political dialogue will be a litmus test for the democratic process in the Maldives,” said Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary General Martin Chungong.


MPs debate allowing civil servants to campaign for public office thumbnail

MPs debate allowing civil servants to campaign for public office

Government MPs maintain that current restrictions placed on civil servants are unconstitutional, while the opposition has expressed concern that amendments to the Civil Service Act could jeopardise the service’s independence.


Malé City to improve bus service based on new survey thumbnail

Malé City to improve bus service based on new survey

Respondents complained over the punctuality of the buses, seating arrangements, and condition of the bus, while approximately 31 percent said they were unhappy with the bus service.


Government will not hesitate to implement death penalty: Home Ministry thumbnail

Government will not hesitate to implement death penalty: Home Ministry

After two murders in the past seven days, the ministry has said it “will not hesitate to implement the death penalty placed by the courts upon persons who stab and murder with the willful intent to kill”.


Policing not affected by reduction of ministerial powers, insists Umar Naseer thumbnail

Policing not affected by reduction of ministerial powers, insists Umar Naseer

When questioned by MPs today, the home minister denied the opposition’s suggestions that the recent reduction of his mandate was directly linked to a recent spate of violent crime. He assured that special measures were being taken to curb gang violence.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories