Parliament committee rejects Fiqh Academy’s recommendations for new penal code, including death penalty for murder, stoning for fornication, and amputation for theft.
The Attorney General has filed a case at the Supreme Court requesting it declare that existing smaller political parties would not be dissolved following the ratification of the new Political Parties Act.
Following high-level visits by the Commonwealth and United States Embassy this week, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has claimed they will resort to militancy if the international community does not do more to help restore democracy in the Maldives.
Parliament today rejected an amendment to the Decentralisation Act that proposed a number of changes, including dissolving councils which rejected the legitimacy of any serving government.
The announcement follows a succession of international campaigns that threaten to damage the reputation of the Maldives’ tourism industry, both in China and traditional European markets.
Dhiyana Saeed claimed the Supreme Court Judge had personally instructed her on what cases she should file against the former President Mohamed Nasheed, after inviting her to his house.
The government’s reaction to all recommendations for judicial reform has been to either ramp up nationalistic rhetoric and play the sovereignty card, or wilfully ignore expert advice, or both, writes Dr Azra Naseem.
Responsibility for MPs’ prioritising their self-interests above Maldivian citizens’ well-being should be placed with the Maldivian people who elected these “shadowy figures,” said the former chairman of the constitutional drafting committee.
Young women, court officials, religious experts and the son of a woman who was flogged speak to Minivan News about the controversial punishment, now under scrutiny following the sentencing of a 15 year-old rape victim to 100 lashes for a separate offence of fornication.