“We have been pleading and begging with the committee chair Riyaz Rasheed to schedule a meeting,” said Rozaina. “This investigation is getting stalled because a meeting has not been scheduled.”
The Indian High Commission has moved to clarify the arrangement for the operation of Indian-donated helicopters in the Maldives after media reports suggested Maldivians were not being trained to operate the aircraft.
Villa requested the stay order after the government’s decision last week to hand back the uninhabited islands and lagoons given to the company as compensation for the nationalisation of several development projects
While the Maldivian Democratic Party has pledged to take its defence of the Constitution to the streets, some feel that the public’s enthusiasm for such activities has waned since the large demonstrations commonly seen during the political turmoil of recent years.
Nazim was given 15 days of remand detention yesterday, after being arrested in the early hours of the same day on accusations of attempting to overthrow the government.
“Firstly [the JSC] stated that the bench is not in existence and then they said that we have brought no changes to the bench,” said Nasheed lawyer Ahmed Abdulla. “We were unable to comprehend what they were saying”.
The Maldivian Democratic Party’s education committee as expressed concern at the effect of the government’s attempts to vacate faculties used by the Maldives National University and Mandhu College.
“Nevertheless, with your permission, I would like to spend my jail days as the president of this party,” said Nasheed at the MDP’s National Council meeting, requesting that the party “try and find a way in which I could be saved without being sentenced”.
Evidence suggests the former defense minister was plotting to harm government officials and overthrow the government, say police. Nazim’s lawyers say their client is being framed.