Police have cordoned off the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s protest site, ahead of a rally this evening led by former President Mohamed Nasheed.
“The airport is in very bad shape right now and work is needed on the runway, all of which cannot be done without finance,” said former Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Shamheed, backing the Adhaalath Party’s criticism that nothing had happened since the eviction of GMR.
“The political elite lead privileged lives and have no idea what is going on here,” said DRP Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef.
An official from Amrita hospital told Minivan News that while it is still treating patients who are covered by Aasandha, there had been a period of four days earlier this month where it stopped admitting patients due to unpaid bills.
The MDP had moved down the road to the Usfasgandu site after its protest camp at the tsunami monument was dismantled by the police and military on March 19, 2012.
The Guardian’s article on police brutality in the Maldives “ludicrously” infers that Scottish police trainers “somehow influenced them to behave in that way”, writes retired Scottish Police Superintendent John Robertson.
Adhaalath Party representative Hussain Wafeer told Minivan News today that while suspected MDP supporters did not physically attack its members during a visit to Thulhaadhoo, sand was thrown by members of a crowd.
The Criminal Court yesterday extended the detention period of Ahmed Shan, the second main suspect arrested in connection with the death of late MP and well-known religious scholar Dr Afrasheem Ali.
The case of a 15 year-old minor charged for having “consensual sexual relations” is to continue at the Juvenile Court on Wednesday (January 30), despite the Prosecutor General (PG’s) Office confirming it is reviewing its decision to prosecute.