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.
Opposition MPs meanwhile contended that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional as it would curtail fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.
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.
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.
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.
Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs today warned the law could turn the Maldives into a haven for “money laundering and washing black money.”
“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.
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.
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.