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News in Brief

  • EU concerned at gang violence and religious intolerance in Maldives
  • Mosques to be brought under Islamic ministry on November 1
  • Terrorism trials on February 8 arson in Addu City postponed
Government to halt dismantling gang huts, says President Yameen thumbnail

Government to halt dismantling gang huts, says President Yameen

Yameen suggested that constructive engagement through dialogue and sports would yield better results in handling crime, while Home Minister Umar Naseer identified over a dozen “dangerous” criminal gangs in the capital.


PG advised release of suspect in Alhan stabbing, claims Criminal Court thumbnail

PG advised release of suspect in Alhan stabbing, claims Criminal Court

Responding to criticism following the release of two suspects held in pre-trial detention, the Criminal Court has claimed that “the Prosecutor General’s Office had advised that it saw no reason to keep Mohamed Sameeh in further detention.”


Missing journalist’s mother calls on families of violent crime victims to unite for justice thumbnail

Missing journalist’s mother calls on families of violent crime victims to unite for justice

In an emotional letter today, Aminath Easa, 67, appealed to mothers of victims to hold Maldives ailing justice system and law enforcement agencies accountable. A meeting of families has been called for September 3, Wednesday, at 9:00 pm at the Malé City Hall.


MDP condemns release of suspects in Alhan stabbing thumbnail

MDP condemns release of suspects in Alhan stabbing

The Criminal Court yesterday ordered the release of the two suspects who had been kept in pre-trial detention since their arrest on the night of February 1 shortly after Alhan was stabbed in the back in Malé.


ACC spent MVR3 million in excess of approved budget, reveals audit thumbnail

ACC spent MVR3 million in excess of approved budget, reveals audit

“Extending the budget of the commission by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury without the approval of the parliament negates the objective of approving the budget of public institutions by the parliament as set out in enabling laws of the former,” stated the ACC’s audit report for 2013.


Termination of misappropriated state funds investigation cost government MVR66 million thumbnail

Termination of misappropriated state funds investigation cost government MVR66 million

The termination of an agreement with British forensic accounting firm Grant Thornton to investigate alleged misappropriation of state funds by the Gayoom regime cost the government MVR66.17 million (US$4.2 million), a special audit report of the defunct presidential commission has revealed.


Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military thumbnail

Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military

The Civil Aviation Authority has told local media that aircraft sighted over Huvadhoo Atoll last week had originated from the US military base in Diego Garcia. The US has previously disputed the Maldives’ restrictions to its airspace.


Friends and family of missing journalist seek to submit a petition to parliament thumbnail

Friends and family of missing journalist seek to submit a petition to parliament

Friends and family of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan – believed abducted and last seen on August 8 – have launched a petition to be submitted to the parliament’s National Security Committee.


PPM celebrates SEZ bill with fireworks thumbnail

PPM celebrates SEZ bill with fireworks

The SEZ bill “would bring unparalleled development” to the Maldives and accelerate development of the country’s rural atolls, said celebrating Progressive Party of Maldives MPs.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories