The Criminal Court has today cancelled an alcohol possession hearing against MPs Abdulla Jabir and Hamid Abdul Ghafoor as Jabir remains in hospital for respiratory issues.
The court’s registration department will be opened on Friday night to register cases concerning the parliament elections as the laws oblige the court to conclude cases concerning elections within 30 days of the official announcement of results.
Officials at the Attorney General’s Office told Minivan News that, while they could not confirm the precise dates, representatives of the office working on the case are currently in Singapore.
With unsuccessful candidates from Gaafu Alifu and Alifu Dhaalu atoll constituencies filing cases today, the High Court has now accepted cases concerning eight of the 85 parliamentary elections.
“Given the serious nature of the allegations against Ali Hameed, that the judge continues to hold trial contravenes norms of justice, conduct of judges, and established norms by which free and democratic societies deal with cases of this nature,” the Bar Association has said.
“The Maldives has to open a new page in democracy, and the initiative for the same rests mainly – though not solely – with President Yameen and his ruling coalition,” writes N SathiyaMoorthy.
After threatening the security guard with a knife, a group of men cut down a tree believed by many islanders to have been the cause of the possession of a number of children in recent months.
“I am deeply saddened to note that individual level action to control diseases spread by small insects is not being taken. The result is the increase in dangerous diseases such as dengue and scrub typhus and deaths,” said Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela.
“The educated elite behind the AP want a reform, but regaining public trust is an issue they must overcome,” writes Ahmed R. Shareef.