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No time for fair trial before elections, says former President thumbnail

No time for fair trial before elections, says former President

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed has said there is insufficient time to conduct a fair trial before the presidential elections scheduled for September 7.


Police decision to ostracise Raajje TV unconstitutional, rules civil court thumbnail

Police decision to ostracise Raajje TV unconstitutional, rules civil court

The Civil Court has ruled that a decision by the Maldives Police Service to cease cooperating with opposition-aligned TV station Raajje TV was unconstitutional.


PPM membership tally overtakes DRP thumbnail

PPM membership tally overtakes DRP

Following the release of party membership statistics, the government-aligned DRP expressed alleging that the Elections Commission was being politically influenced by fellow government party, the PPM.


US private equity fund buys both Maldivian seaplane operators for undisclosed sum thumbnail

US private equity fund buys both Maldivian seaplane operators for undisclosed sum

Deal creates a monopoly in a critical sector of the tourism market, warns former Minister of Economic Development, Mahmood Razee.


High Court ruling “clearly means I will not be allowed a fair trial”: former President Nasheed thumbnail

High Court ruling “clearly means I will not be allowed a fair trial”: former President Nasheed

The High Court has rejected procedural points raised by former President Mohamed Nasheed, and endorsed the legitimacy of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court, paving the way for his prosecution.


Presidential prospect Gasim Ibrahim also backs drilling for oil thumbnail

Presidential prospect Gasim Ibrahim also backs drilling for oil

“It is very wrong to turn ourselves away from a blessing given by Allah. On the other hand, with current technological advancements, that oil can be extracted safely without causing any harm to tourism sector,” claims Jumhoree Party Presidential Candidate, Gasim Ibrahim


Male’ City Council calls for release of Councilor Falah thumbnail

Male’ City Council calls for release of Councilor Falah

The MDP has meanwhile alleged that the court did not even consider remarks made by the detainees’ defence lawyers during the hearing concerning the extension of their detention.


Comment: Commonwealth must reopen CoNI in light of new evidence thumbnail

Comment: Commonwealth must reopen CoNI in light of new evidence

A parliamentary investigation has found that vital 
evidence 
relating 
to 
CoNI’s 
core 
mandate was
 ignored
 and 
no 
explanation 
was 
given 
as 
to 
the 
reason
 for
 this,
 despite 
claims 
by 
CoNI
 that 
no 
information 
was 
disregarded, writes Lucy Johnson, in a letter to Commonwealth Secretary 
General Kamalesh Sharma.


No police involvement in motorcyclist’s death: Police Integrity Commission thumbnail

No police involvement in motorcyclist’s death: Police Integrity Commission

“These are things that even a mere child won’t accept. There is no hope of justice when it is the police themselves who are investigating their actions,” said Gasim’s widow, Naseema Khaleel.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories