A high-level delegation from the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) informed MPs on the National Security Committee yesterday of “negative consequences” for the Maldives if parliament fails to enact anti-money laundering legislation next month.
The Maldives has dropped to 108th place in the Press Freedom Index, marking a decline for the third consecutive year. In 2013, Raajje TV reporter was nearly beaten to death and the station was destroyed in an arson attack.
The Elections Commission continued to assign numbers to the 311 Majlis candidates today while the Supreme Court postponed the second hearing of its surprise contempt of court case against the commission’s members.
After declining additional hours following the court’s notification that funds were insufficient for paid overtime, a number of employees at the Criminal Court have been suspended.
With ‘maintaining moderation’ a key objective, the ministry’s plans include ensuring Islam is the country’s only religion, widening Islamic education, strengthening religious unity and the zakat fund system, and developing the Fiqh Academy to issue fatwas.
“The [Supreme Court] judges believe comments made by the Elections Commission in various forums on the court’s decisions and orders are contemptuous of the court. Today’s hearing is on our own initiative,” Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz said.
“In my view, an election conducted with the Supreme Court exerting influence over the Elections Commission to deliberately commit electoral fraud or rig the vote will not be a legitimate election – in my view, MDP should not participate in such an election,” former President Nasheed said last night.
The President of Maldives Broadcasting Commission has today sent a letter to the private TV station DhiTV and private radio station DhiFM Plus after both aired a picture of Elections Commission president upside down.
“This is the second occasion in almost as many weeks that former President Nasheed is hinting at a change of national leadership,” writes N SathiyaMoorthy, discussing the likely methods the MDP leader may use to pursue his aim of changing the country’s leadership.