Maldivian journalists and NGO leaders have noted the lack of cooperation by government institutions as well as ethical shortcomings of media outlets in disseminating balanced, information during discussion panels held with US Embassy and UN representatives.
Three Thai women – aged 21, 24 and 36 – testified in court that Latheef had forced them into prostitution after bringing them to the Maldives, ostentatiously to work as massage therapists.
Local media meanwhile reported last week that the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) owed foreign hospitals US$400,000 as a result of the country’s ongoing foreign currency shortage, with at least one facility in Sri Lanka suspending Aasandha service.
Police have arrested a minor in connection with the murder of Ahmed Nizar, 31, of Woodland House in Gan, Laamu Atoll, who was killed on July 14, 2013.
DRP Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef said this year’s election was very much a “money game” that had affected the wider campaign atmosphere in the country, notably in how individual candidates were being portrayed in the media.
Authorities admit to a lack of adequate psychological support surrounding suicide, while the media struggles with the dilemma of reporting such incidents due to fear of promoting copycat attempts.
Staffs working at Kulhudhufushi Island Hospital in Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Fuvamulah Hospital in Gnaviyani Atoll have held protests over a change in their duty roster that would require them to work overtime.
The Maldives celebrated Fitr Eid on Thursday, August 8 with Eid prayers at the Maafannu stadium, state organised parades, music shows, traditional games and vehicle-free streets.
During the hearing of the trial, Humam also made several statements. He claimed that he was not mentally stable and that he wanted a psychologist to assess him before the trials proceeded.