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Fifteen year-old’s appeal of flogging sentence for fornication stalled in High Court thumbnail

Fifteen year-old’s appeal of flogging sentence for fornication stalled in High Court

The High Court confirmed to Minivan News that there had been no further hearings in the three months since, and no further hearings scheduled.


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Comment: Heaven and hell

There are thousands of Maldivians living good, generous, tolerant and positive lives today. I am privileged to know several such people. These people do not need to live claustrophobic, intolerant, self-centred lives to be good Muslims, writes Latheefa Ahmed Verrall.


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Police arrest, charge two men for eating during Ramadan fasting hours

Police Chief Inspector Hassan Haneef said eating during fasting hours was a crime under the Maldivian penal code, punishable by up to one year in jail.


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Belgian group “conditionally awarded” Hulhumale’ second phase reclamation contract

The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) said it has “conditionally awarded” a contract to Belgium-based company Dredging International to undertake the second phase of reclamation work on the island of Hulhumale’.


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Four arrested in connection with Dharavandhoo power house robbery

Police have arrested four people from the island of Dharavandhoo in Baa Atoll in connection with the theft of MVR 75,000 (US$5000) was stolen from the island’s power house.


Five arrested in connection with rape case of 17 year-old girl in Milandhoo Island thumbnail

Five arrested in connection with rape case of 17 year-old girl in Milandhoo Island

The island council president said the girl’s attackers “took photos and videoed her and threatened to leak it on Facebook if she told anyone about it.’’


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Comment: This is not a dictatorship

Since the 7 February 2012 coup that was not a coup, a disconcerting dissonance between what people witness with their own eyes and what they are officially told they see has become a regular part of life, writes Dr Azra Naseem.


“We will not follow unconstitutional orders, even if a new president is installed tomorrow”: Police Commissioner Riyaz thumbnail

“We will not follow unconstitutional orders, even if a new president is installed tomorrow”: Police Commissioner Riyaz

Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz has said his institution will continue to refuse any orders it decides are “unconstitutional”, while expressing concerns over leaked proposals allegedly devised by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to reform the country’s security forces.


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Police to charge MDP activist for planning civic disruption on March 19, 2012

Police have charged 43 year-old Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activist Shiyan ‘Shiyalhey’ Shafeeq for disrupting public order, creating instability, planning arson attacks and assaulting security services during a city-wide protest on March 19, 2012.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories