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  • Terrorism trials begin for over 80 individuals from Thinadhoo
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Government hampered by “restrictive” public finance law, says President Yameen thumbnail

Government hampered by “restrictive” public finance law, says President Yameen

President Yameen said the Majlis had imposed “various restrictions” on the executive due to the “irresponsibility” of the former head of government, but said the same laws were forcing him to seek Majlis approval “even for a MVR 1,000 loan.”


State prosecutors halt all criminal trials thumbnail

State prosecutors halt all criminal trials

State prosecutors have refused to attend all court hearings in the absence of a Prosecutor General and Deputy PG. Speaker of the Majlis told Minivan News the president must submit a new nominee before a new PG can be approved.


GMR is only owed reimbursement, not compensation, says AG thumbnail

GMR is only owed reimbursement, not compensation, says AG

The GMR is only owed reimbursement for a US$ 78 million upfront concession fee and expenses incurred for airport development, not compensation for losses, Attorney General Mohamed Anil has said.


Deputy PG resigns, slams Criminal Court’s “obstruction” of criminal justice thumbnail

Deputy PG resigns, slams Criminal Court’s “obstruction” of criminal justice

Hussein Shameem resigned today, effectively bringing the criminal justice system to a halt. He highlighted the Criminal Court’s failure to prosecute foreigners involved in drug trafficking, delays in issuing rulings on drug related offenses and “unreasonable obstacles” in filing cases at the court.


Stalled Ali Hameed cases “exposes state of Maldivian judiciary,” says MDP thumbnail

Stalled Ali Hameed cases “exposes state of Maldivian judiciary,” says MDP

“As the documents of the corruption case raised by the state against Ali Hameed were destroyed after coffee was spilled on them, the party hopes that the Criminal Court will not decide that the charges cannot be proven for that reason,” the MDP said in a statement yesterday.


Islamic justice or state sponsored murder? thumbnail

Islamic justice or state sponsored murder?

The government has justified the new death penalty regulation on Islamic values, but scholar Usthaz Abdul Mueed Hassan has called on the state to abolish the death penalty, arguing Islam is first the religion of forgiveness.


Justice Ali Hameed’s ‘corruption’ documents destroyed in coffee spill thumbnail

Justice Ali Hameed’s ‘corruption’ documents destroyed in coffee spill

The Criminal Court has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office (PG) to resend all files concerning Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed’s alleged misuse of state funds after case documents were destroyed in a coffee spill.


Maldives journalism awards celebrates free press thumbnail

Maldives journalism awards celebrates free press

“I am very happy. Not just because I won the award, but because the Media Council has introduced such an award for the first time. This is a very important step and an encouragement for new journalists,” Journalist of the Year Fazeena Ahmed told Minivan News.


Judicial administration brought under direct control of Supreme Court thumbnail

Judicial administration brought under direct control of Supreme Court

The Department of Judicial Administration will function in accordance with policies set by the Supreme Court bench and under the direct supervision of a designated justice, according to new rules promulgated by the apex court last week.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories