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News in Brief

  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
MNDF denies coast guard operation to return Nasheed to capital thumbnail

MNDF denies coast guard operation to return Nasheed to capital

Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef have said that the police will do everything police have to in order to implement the Hulhumale’ Court summon order on Former President Nasheed.


Police arrest four in connection with murder of MP Afrasheem thumbnail

Police arrest four in connection with murder of MP Afrasheem

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has meanwhile condemned the murder of the MP, and expressed concern over the “The death is the latest and most tragic act of violence in a country that has been in a political crisis since the start of the year,” the IPU stated.


Court asks police to present Nasheed at rescheduled trial thumbnail

Court asks police to present Nasheed at rescheduled trial

Director of the Department of Judicial Administration Ahmed Maajid told Minivan News that despite the order, the former president was “not to be detained”.


CMAG divided: Two hours of fighting before agreement on Maldives’ fate thumbnail

CMAG divided: Two hours of fighting before agreement on Maldives’ fate

Five members of CMAG were described as being “vehemently opposed” to removing the Maldives from its agenda, Minivan News has learned.


“Fragile democracy under threat”: Richard Branson, Ed Norton among signatories for fresh elections thumbnail

“Fragile democracy under threat”: Richard Branson, Ed Norton among signatories for fresh elections

Business tycoon Richard Branson and ‘Fight Club’ actor Ed Norton are among dozens of international celebrities and activists who have signed a letter calling for the Maldivian government to halt harassment of the opposition and “hold democratic elections at the earliest opportunity.”


PPM MP Dr Afrasheem found brutally murdered thumbnail

PPM MP Dr Afrasheem found brutally murdered

Afrasheem’s body was discovered by his wife at the bottom of the stairs of their apartment building shortly after midnight. The MP had been stabbed four times in the back of the head and a chunk of his skull was missing, according to local media reports. He also suffered stab wounds to the chest and neck.


Nasheed fails to appear in court, defies travel ban thumbnail

Nasheed fails to appear in court, defies travel ban

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has expressed deep concerns over the legality of the court’s procedures regarding the trials, which it contends are a politically-motivated attempt to convict the former President and prevent him from running in future Presidential elections.


Majlis reconvenes with elections and legislative reforms atop agenda thumbnail

Majlis reconvenes with elections and legislative reforms atop agenda

The People’s Majlis reconvened today with both opposition and government-aligned parties claiming elections and legislative reforms were among the key focuses of their respective parliamentary agendas following an extended break.


Tourism Ministry hits back at MIRA accusations over failure to collect resort rents thumbnail

Tourism Ministry hits back at MIRA accusations over failure to collect resort rents

The Ministry of Tourism has hit back at claims made last week that it was failing in its duty to collect rents and associated non-tax revenue from the country’s largest industry.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories