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.
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.
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”.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.