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  • Government overrules city council over vehicle ban
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  • Four injured in collision of ferry and speedboat
Former political appointees and staff of abolished Transport Ministry to be transferred thumbnail

Former political appointees and staff of abolished Transport Ministry to be transferred

The President’s Office has transferred a number of political appointees who were formerly at the Transport Ministry to other ministries. The changes are being brought following the government’s decision to abolish the Transport Ministry.


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Government seeks authority to hold passports for 24 hours without court order

Opposition MPs meanwhile contended that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional as it would curtail fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.


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No redress, no compensation, no reconciliation

Torture victims say they do not trust “a politicised and incompetent judiciary” to deliver justice while difficulties in substantiating claims of torture and a state tendency to protect the accused over the victim are said to have constrained efforts at justice.


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MPs debate raising state disability benefits

Presenting her amendment to the Disability Act to the Majlis floor, MP Anara Naeem said persons with special needs deserved the same “care and protection” provided by the state to the elderly as the current administration has raised old age pensions to MVR5,000 a month.


MDN to seek court order compelling JSC to reconsider Judge Hameed decision thumbnail

MDN to seek court order compelling JSC to reconsider Judge Hameed decision

The Maldives Democracy Network has expressed “surprise” at the JSC investigating the Hameed case as a criminal offence, noting that the requirements or standards applied for establishing guilt in a criminal case differed from cases of alleging ethical misconduct.


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Parliamentary debate begins on special economic zones bill

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs today warned the law could turn the Maldives into a haven for “money laundering and washing black money.”


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MDP alleges “covert police action” against protesters

“It is a matter of serious concern for the MDP that Police are being directed to infiltrate and incite participants of political rallies by the administration of President Yaameen Abdul Gayoom,” the opposition party alleged after resuming street demonstrations.


Comment: Build a party, beware of judges, never give up thumbnail

Comment: Build a party, beware of judges, never give up

Confronting a corrupt, but independent, judiciary is particularly challenging for new rulers. The international community is largely clueless about how to deal with the problem, writes Mohamed Nasheed.


JSC decision on Judge Ali Hameed’s sex tape scandal “an insult to Islam” thumbnail

JSC decision on Judge Ali Hameed’s sex tape scandal “an insult to Islam”

The judicial watchdog decision to clear Hameed of misconduct charges in sex tape scandal is “an insult to Islam” and against principles of Islamic jurisprudence, critics have said.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories