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  • High Court annuls JSC procedure for appointing new judge
  • Everything will change once Rilwan is found, police commissioner tells Haveeru
  • Bank of Maldives’ net profit increases 105 percent in third quarter
Israeli tourists evacuated from Thulusdhoo after local unrest thumbnail

Israeli tourists evacuated from Thulusdhoo after local unrest

Thirty Israeli tourists were among those who voluntarily left the island of Thulusdhoo yesterday after the destruction of an anti-Israeli placard by an Israeli surfer. Protesters travelling to the island from Malé were detained by police on arrival.


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President has reduced home minister’s powers, claims Haveeru

Local news agency Haveeru has claimed President Abdulla Yameen has limited Home Minister Umar Naseer’s powers and claims to have obtained a letter in which Naseer has asked the army for a firearm to defend himself. Naseer and the President’s Office refused to comment on the issue.


President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed thumbnail

President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed

Yameen’s remarks were “uncivilised, outmoded, and unacceptable,” the opposition leader said, contending that the president’s intention was to deflect attention from his administration’s failure to “fulfil the hopes of the people”.


Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations thumbnail

Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations

The Supreme Court has enacted new regulations authorising courts to initiate legal proceedings and punish individuals for any expression, action, gesture or piece of writing “inside or outside a courtroom” that could be considered contempt of court.


Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives thumbnail

Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives

“Some of you think I am an example of what is wrong with Maldives’ society,” writes Abrahan Naim. “I am a Maldivian and proud. I ask all of you that you to take a good look at your situation in the Maldives, rather than at me…If you want to change Maldives society, then change it.”


JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct thumbnail

JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct

The judge was reportedly accused of sexually assaulting a female attorney from the Prosecutor General’s Office and suspended in February 2013 pending the outcome of an investigation by the judicial oversight body.


President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy thumbnail

President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy

“Opposition political parties are deliberately trying to disrupt stability by creating a spirit of unrest in society,” President Yameen said in his Independence Day address, alleging efforts to discourage foreign buyers of Maldivian fish as well as a tourism boycott campaign.


Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza thumbnail

Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza

The Maldives condemned Israel’s “mass killings and the daily massacre of innocent civilians” and called for an immediate cease-fire at a UN Human Rights Council special session. The HRC has voted to launch an inquiry into human rights violations in Palestine’s Gaza strip.


Court overrules government on lagoon development joint venture thumbnail

Court overrules government on lagoon development joint venture

An agreement was signed between Prime Capital and the Maldivian government on January 18, 2013 to lease the Fushidhiggaru lagoon for a 50-year period.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories