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Island council feared sheikh’s sermon would disrupt social harmony thumbnail

Island council feared sheikh’s sermon would disrupt social harmony

Controversial Sheikh Adam Shameem was forced to conduct his sermon on the issue of backbiting with a police presence on Omadhoo Island after the island the council refused him permission fearing it may “disrupt the stability and social harmony of the island”.


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Maldivian student killed in Afghan blast

Amir Moosa, 31 from G.A Dhaandhoo, was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan according to his family. Many locals suspect Moosa may have been involved with Jihadist groups, frequently discussing jihad and Palestinian independence when calling home, though his mother insists he was in the country for higher studies.


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Military labels global corruption survey a “baseless” attack on its reputation

Transparency Maldives Global Corruption Survey – launched yesterday – found that 79 percent of respondents viewed the military as corrupt, placing it fifth behind the Majlis, political parties, the judiciary and the police.


UNFPA calls for review of judicial practices surrounding sexual behaviour in the Maldives thumbnail

UNFPA calls for review of judicial practices surrounding sexual behaviour in the Maldives

Highlighting the disparity between the number of men and women prosecuted for fornication under Sharia law, the report states “paternity testing is not used as admissible evidence in court and the opportunity for men to deny guilt makes male accountability something of a farce”.


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HRCM launches investigation into allegations of police brutality against minors

“We have observed that there are violations of some extent and are conducting investigations to identify the exact nature and level of the violations. Both the minors are male, and are of 15 and 16 years of age,” HRCM member Jeehan Mahmoodh said.


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Parliament to review constitutional amendment regarding religion

“My suggestion is that instead of a public referendum, we change the amendment to read that such a change cannot be brought about unless it is passed by the parliament, then approved by the seven judges sitting on the Supreme Court bench, and after which it will still need to be ratified by the President,” MP Muhthalib proposed.


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40 Somali castaways sent back home after four years

Somali nationals who were discovered in Maldivian waters on different dates since December 2009 have been repatriated back to their home country. Police have reported the castaways have returned home on a chartered flight with security officers.


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Government requests bids for Hulhumale’ bridge project

The Yameen administration today became the third consecutive government to set its sights on the construction of a bridge connecting the main island of Male’ with neighbouring Hulhumale’. The Minister of Economic Development assured that foreign investors in the project would be afforded the full protection of the constitution.


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Minister of Home Affairs orders the removal of “any material inciting hatred towards police”

“For a long time now, there have been attempts of different levels to ruin the reputation of the police force and to create hatred amongst the public for this institution. This is something that has been done in other countries too. But the thing is, peace and stability have never been established in such countries,” said Umar Naseer.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories