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News in Brief

  • Survey team for Malé-Hulhulé bridge arrives in Maldives
  • Maldivian judge re-elected for second term on UN anti-torture subcommittee
  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
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.


Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste? thumbnail

Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste?

Malé City Mayor Mohamed Shihab explains the mounting problems facing the council in its attempt to manage the millions of tonnes of waste produced in the densely populated capital every day.


“I am a ‘gunda’. I will show that to you”: PPM councillor threatens deputy mayor thumbnail

“I am a ‘gunda’. I will show that to you”: PPM councillor threatens deputy mayor

A recording understood to be authentic has captured Malé City Council’s Progressive Party of Maldives member Ahmed Mamnoon’s reaction to news that authorities were investigating his alleged use of offensive language to address the deputy mayor.


JSC defends handling of judge investigations in face of criticism thumbnail

JSC defends handling of judge investigations in face of criticism

President Abdulla Yameen and the opposition MDP have criticised the JSC for its failure to complete investigations into disciplinary cases against judges though the commission maintains it is continuing to work on the cases.


Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous” thumbnail

Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous”

Suggestions from the Dhivehi Academy that the law requires precedence be given to the local language have been attacked by drivers who question the timing and the practicality of further changes to new taxi regulations.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories