President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has proposed his nephew Maumoon Hameed for the post of Prosecutor General (PG). Hameed is a lawyer by profession and is the son of former Atolls Minister Abdulla Hameed. Hameed has to win approval by a parliamentary majority before he can be appointed to the position. Former PG Ahmed Muizz [...]
The revised budget, submitted after several weeks of delay, stands at a record MVR 17.5 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) and has a projected deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP. Notable revisions include an expectedMVR 1 billion in revenue from advance payments for resort lease extensions.
Whilst welcoming the criminalisation of human trafficking, both the Human Rights Commission and the Assistant Controller of Immigration have stressed that amendments may be needed, alongside capacity building, before the new legislation can be fully effective.
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.
Following the JSC's decision to transfer Judge Abdulla Mohamed from his post as Criminal Court Chief Judge to the same position in the Drug Court on Monday, Faiz sent a letter to the President of the judicial watchdog Adam Mohamed on Tuesday, stating that the commission did not have the legal authority to carry out such transfers, and that such decisions made by them to date are “unlawful”.
Police have established and started implementing a 100 day road-map which includes installing more CCTV cameras in Male' and Addu City, building more cells and a child detention facility, enhancing and hastening investigation of crimes and conducting more intelligence lead special operation to prevent crime before they occur.
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”.
The Judicial Services Commission has announced it will shuffle nine superior court judges in a bid to “strengthen the judiciary.” The judicial oversight body said the reassignments would uphold public trust in the judiciary and were an opportunity for judges to build capacity and gain additional experience. The nine reassignments include Criminal Court Chief Judge [...]
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced it will collect statistics on youth unemployment as part of the government’s pledge to create 94,000 new jobs. The ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) had pledged to provide vocational training, and help unemployed youth find jobs. Former President Mohamed Nasheed had started a vocational training [...]
"Indian diplomacy averted an impasse in the ties with Maldives through a course correction through past several months," writes Indian career-diplomat M.K. Bhadrakumar for the Russia & India Report.
The NGO's Global Corruption Barometer survey revealed that eight in ten of those surveyed felt the issue of corruption had not decreased in the past two years. The Majlis was labelled as most corrupt organisation, with religious groups being described as the least corrupt.
The Maldives and China have signed a grant aid agreement worth 50 million yuan (US$ 8.2 million) last week. The Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation is “for the implementation of developmental projects and the advancement of public services,” the President’s Office has previously said. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon signed the agreement [...]
The Elections Commission (EC) has extended the application deadline for candidates who wish to contest in January’s local council elections. Applications will now be accepted until 3:00 pm on December 10. The deadline was extended to allow candidates to obtain criminal and debt records from the Maldives Police Services and Superior Courts. The High Court, [...]
The Judicial Service Commission has today decided to transfer the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed to the Drug Court for the same position as Chief Judge. Mohamed's arrest in January 2012 precipitated the fall of the Mohamed Nasheed presidency.
The report based on the audit published at the Auditor General’s website last Sunday, claimed then Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad had not obtained the required approval from both President Waheed and the parliament.
Police have asked Prosecutor General’s office to charge Ahmed Niyaz, 28 of Gan in Laamu Atoll, with the murder case of Mohamed Hassan, 51 of the same island, who was killed while he was sleeping.
The party has assured its support for the governing coalition despite previous reports that the party would campaign separately for the upcoming local and parliamentary elections. Adhaalath has assured that it will work alongside its coalition partners in the polls.
The Maldives Police Services have busted a major drug trafficking network, arresting two Maldivian men with large amounts of illicit drugs and cash, local media has reported. Under a court warrant, the police’s Drug Enforcement Department raided Henveiru Fahaage in Malé City and apprehended a network of drug-traffickers. The police told local media it is [...]
Police have warned the people that nowadays there have been lots of fraud cases reported to the police where official looking individuals collect money ostensibly to exchange for US% before fleeing with the cash.
The Alliance Francais De Malé (AFM) will begin a week of French film tomorrow, with a screening of the 2010 film 'The Tree' at the CHSE on Lily Magu in Malé.