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News in Brief

  • Terrorism trials begin for over 80 individuals from Thinadhoo
  • Hawaiian company acquires resort in Maldives
  • Velezinee barred from Supreme Court trial
Nasheed alleges President Yameen “remains under power” of Gayoom thumbnail

Nasheed alleges President Yameen “remains under power” of Gayoom

“All we are seeing so far is the differences of thought between Yameen and Gayoom and the rifts that rise between coalition parties. So far, it does not appear as if Yameen has actual control over his presidency,” Nasheed said.


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Islamic Minister advises Maldivians against participating in foreign wars

In response to reports of Maldivians dying in the Syrian civil war, Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed said “rather than destroying oneself in conflicts of an unknown nature, the Islamic Ministry believes it is better to serve one’s own parents, families and country.”


Thulhaadhoo MP Nazim Rashad becomes third MDP MP to join PPM thumbnail

Thulhaadhoo MP Nazim Rashad becomes third MDP MP to join PPM

The addition of the MP for Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo brings the PPM’s number of MPs in to 42, one short of a simple majority in the 85-member house. Along with the five MPs of coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance, the ruling coalition now holds 47 seats.


Former political appointees and staff of abolished Transport Ministry to be transferred thumbnail

Former political appointees and staff of abolished Transport Ministry to be transferred

The President’s Office has transferred a number of political appointees who were formerly at the Transport Ministry to other ministries. The changes are being brought following the government’s decision to abolish the Transport Ministry.


Government seeks authority to hold passports for 24 hours without court order thumbnail

Government seeks authority to hold passports for 24 hours without court order

Opposition MPs meanwhile contended that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional as it would curtail fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.


No redress, no compensation, no reconciliation thumbnail

No redress, no compensation, no reconciliation

Torture victims say they do not trust “a politicised and incompetent judiciary” to deliver justice while difficulties in substantiating claims of torture and a state tendency to protect the accused over the victim are said to have constrained efforts at justice.


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MPs debate raising state disability benefits

Presenting her amendment to the Disability Act to the Majlis floor, MP Anara Naeem said persons with special needs deserved the same “care and protection” provided by the state to the elderly as the current administration has raised old age pensions to MVR5,000 a month.


MDN to seek court order compelling JSC to reconsider Judge Hameed decision thumbnail

MDN to seek court order compelling JSC to reconsider Judge Hameed decision

The Maldives Democracy Network has expressed “surprise” at the JSC investigating the Hameed case as a criminal offence, noting that the requirements or standards applied for establishing guilt in a criminal case differed from cases of alleging ethical misconduct.


Parliamentary debate begins on special economic zones bill thumbnail

Parliamentary debate begins on special economic zones bill

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs today warned the law could turn the Maldives into a haven for “money laundering and washing black money.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories