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Civil Court rejects MP Alhan’s request for injunction suspending candidacy of MDP Feydhoo ticket winner thumbnail

Civil Court rejects MP Alhan’s request for injunction suspending candidacy of MDP Feydhoo ticket winner

Judge Ali Naseer ruled that cases concerning the candidacy of persons standing for parliament was in the jurisdiction of the High Court.


Hospitalised Maafushi inmate requested transfer from cell before assault thumbnail

Hospitalised Maafushi inmate requested transfer from cell before assault

Ibrahim Azar requested to be transferred from his cell more than an hour before he was severely beaten and sustained serious head injuries, according to a report shared with the Majlis by correctional services. Azar is yet to come out of his coma.


MDP majority will reform Supreme Court and JSC, says Nasheed thumbnail

MDP majority will reform Supreme Court and JSC, says Nasheed

“We can never accept the level of political influence and the ugly money of corruption that has entered most courts of Maldives. We have to reform these courts. Development for the Maldives can only be achieved if the people Maldives are able to get justice and equality.”


Foreign Minister calls on international community not to undermine Maldives’ judiciary thumbnail

Foreign Minister calls on international community not to undermine Maldives’ judiciary

“We urge you not to undermine our judicial system,” Dunya Maumoon told the UN Human Rights Council yesterday. “We call on all to respect our institutions, young though they may be. And we urge you to base your partnership with us on dialogue and cooperation, not on judgment and retribution.”


Voice of Women fears further discrimination for IGMH scandal victims thumbnail

Voice of Women fears further discrimination for IGMH scandal victims

The local NGO fears “societal myths and misinformation” will lead to further suffering for woman at the center of the recent incident in Malé. Meanwhile, a mix-up with test results in neighboring Hulhumalé is reported to have resulted in a patient’s suicide attempt.


Supreme Court guidelines undermine EC’s independence: Fuwad Thowfeek thumbnail

Supreme Court guidelines undermine EC’s independence: Fuwad Thowfeek

“I have to say again that the first [institution] to do this was the Supreme Court. As far as I know, the sumoto mechanism they have made to prosecute Elections Commission members is against the constitution of the Maldives,” EC President Fuwad Thowfeek told MPs on the government oversight committee yesterday.


Civil Court allows Alhan’s lawsuit to invalidate party primary to continue thumbnail

Civil Court allows Alhan’s lawsuit to invalidate party primary to continue

The Civil Court has ruled that Alhan Fahmy’s lawsuit can be continued despite the Maldivian Democratic Party MP not having exhausted all internal MDP procedures. The MP claims the Feydhoo party primary – in which he came second – was fraudulent.


EC awaiting budget from Finance Ministry for parliamentary polls thumbnail

EC awaiting budget from Finance Ministry for parliamentary polls

As the MVR25 million budget needed to conduct the parliamentary elections on March 22 has yet to be released to the commission, EC members informed MPs on the government oversight committee today that it was dependent on the Finance Ministry to settle expenses incurred in preparation for the polls.


Comment: The politics of the death penalty in the Maldives thumbnail

Comment: The politics of the death penalty in the Maldives

The religious and the liberals and those who are genuinely concerned about religion, human rights, or crimes should oppose this political madness, not each other, writes Abdur-Rahman.


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