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  • Majlis sitting adjourned after minister’s question time
  • Dharumavantha mosque Imam to be held in pre-trial detention
  • Thief offers to return stolen phone in exchange for sex
Corruption allegations a political attempt at defamation, says Tourism Minister thumbnail

Corruption allegations a political attempt at defamation, says Tourism Minister

A case filed at the ACC last week alleged Adeeb abused his position of power to obtain MVR 77.1 million and US$ 1 million from state owned companies and subsequently loaned the funds to relatives and friends via the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.


Presidential selfie spurs debate on nationalism, unity, and transitional justice thumbnail

Presidential selfie spurs debate on nationalism, unity, and transitional justice

Minivan News takes a look at social media responses to a selfie between former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed at the AFC Challenge Cup football match last night.


Plans revealed for overdue development of IGMH thumbnail

Plans revealed for overdue development of IGMH

The US$7 million development of the state-run hospital, which includes an new 11-storey prenatal care and paediatrics wing, has been welcomed by the hospital’s users who have criticised the current facilities.


Former home minister questions government’s sincerity regarding death penalty thumbnail

Former home minister questions government’s sincerity regarding death penalty

“The judiciary might pass the sentence, there may be a verdict, but I don’t think the current regime will carry it out,” said Hassan Afeef.


Ambassador to EU illegally paid US$17,000 as allowance in 2011, reveals audit report thumbnail

Ambassador to EU illegally paid US$17,000 as allowance in 2011, reveals audit report

Auditors found that the Maldives embassy in the EU was instructed to pay the former ambassador US$3,500 a month as a ‘special representational grant’ in violation of regulations governing allowances for employees at diplomatic missions.


Maldives must empower Anti-Corruption Commission, says Transparency International thumbnail

Maldives must empower Anti-Corruption Commission, says Transparency International

“Maldives and Sri Lanka must ensure that their anti-corruption agencies are granted ‘suo motto’ powers to instigate both corruption investigations and prosecutions on their own initiative without prior government approval,” suggested a report released today.


Convicted drug kingpin Shafa caught in Colombo thumbnail

Convicted drug kingpin Shafa caught in Colombo

Convicted drug kingpin Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzak has been caught in a joint operation by the Maldivian and Sri Lankan security services. Shafaz had failed to return from a three-month authorised stay in Colombo for medical treatment.


New regulations require Supreme Court permission for attending overseas events thumbnail

New regulations require Supreme Court permission for attending overseas events

In what appears to be the further centralisation of judicial administration, the court has formulated regulations requiring its consent before judicial employees can attend overseas workshops, seminars, conferences, or training programmes.


Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed takes over ‘Sun’ Shiyam’s case thumbnail

Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed takes over ‘Sun’ Shiyam’s case

Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed has taken over the MDA leader’s alcohol smuggling and possession case from presiding Judge Aziz following after reports that Shiyam had requested Aziz’s removal from the drawn-out proceedings.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories