The Maldives has received interest from investment partners in oil exploration, with one investor scheduled to visit the country in the coming weeks for discussions, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Mohamed Shainee has said.
Witnesses and sources close to the events have stated that police threatened extreme violence and sexual assault after using stun grenades and tazers during the raid of the two-day music festival. One witness reported detainees spending 13 hours in handcuffs.
“Within three to four months the whole Malé will be cleaned,” said the Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim – also in charge of the Immigration Department. “They can’t live in Malé. When I say this, it will happen – I am not just saying it.”
After travelling from Lhaviyani atoll upon medical advice, the pregnant woman’s husband contacted the MNDF early this morning who were unable to send a vessel with medical personnel before the woman gave birth.
Last weekend’s raid of the Anbaraa island music festival was defended by police as being part of law enforcement efforts to “safeguard youth and the society from dangers of drugs”. But how successful are current methods of keeping young people away from substance abuse?
Following the current government’s reversal of his administration’s policy on customs levies, the former president suggested that sustainable economies cannot rely on regressive taxation.
“The treatment of these young people is a supreme example of the hypocrisy that defines modern Maldives,” writes Azra Naseem. “It is one of the worst kept secrets of Maldivian politics that most of the Maldivian cabinet, and a substantial number of parliamentarians in the Majlis all drink alcohol and/or take recreational drugs.”
The MDP’s rights committee contended that procedures specified in the constitution for arrest or detention – such as informing suspects of the reasons in writing within 24 hours, providing access to legal counsel, and presenting suspects before a judge within 24 hours – were breached by the police.
Ibrahim Azar is reported to have died at Ananthapuri Hospital in India at 12:15 p.m. local time. He had sustained severe head injuries on February 24 during after being attacked by his two cell mates.