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President Yameen Apologises For MMPRC Scam; Opposition Says Not Enough

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As a series of corruption allegations loom over President Abdulla Yameen, he apologised for failing to check the country’s biggest corruption scam in which over USD 80 million was transferred from state coffers to private accounts by the state-owned tourism firm – Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

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President Yameen, who was also implicated in the scam as one the beneficiaries, did not take responsibility for it and shifted the blame on former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

During the inauguration of USD 15million water and sanitation project in southern city of Fuvahmulah, Yameen said:

Even tonight, I want to apologise that the MMPRC corruption occurred during my presidency. For that I ask forgiveness from the people… But no matter how vigilant we are, criminals will continue to commit crimes. The only means to deter crime is harsher penalties.

He said he was not aware of the fact that adeeb was stealing money from the state contrary to the claims of the former auditor general who had alleged that President Yameen refused to take action when he was informer about the corruption in MMPRC in 2014.

Even though President Yameen apologised for the scam, opposition did not seem convinced and said that it was not enough on his part.

Maldives United Opposition Leader (MUO) Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said that an apology cannot compensate for “robbery” of a billion Rufiyaa and demanded an independent probe seeking his resignation.

Former Foreign Minister of the Maldives and current shadow cabinet minister for MUO Ahmed Naseem said he would never forgive President Yameen for the theft.

Others, too, criticised him for just issuing an apology on the scam.

Paradise For Honeymooners, Island Of Broken Marriages; Why Everyone In Maldives Is Getting Divorced?

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The Maldives- almost invisible on the world map, often ignored in world statistics for its tiny size in the vast Indian Ocean- has made it to the map, unfortunately for highest divorce rate!

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The Sunni Muslim island with just 3,45,023 population has the divorce rate of 10.97 per year per 1,000 inhabitants followed by Russia at the second spot with less than half the number of divorces as Maldives, according to a report by The Telegraph.

The number makes the Maldives enter the Guinness World Records, and according to United Nations, an average Maldivian woman has been divorced three times by the age of 30.

“The island of a thousand honeymoons. And … a thousand divorces,” writes journalist Shannon Sims calling it ‘the paradise where everyone is divorced’.

The reason, most arguably, points out to Islam, Sharia laws, stigma around sex, and sexuality of a woman.

Divorce- No Taboo!

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J J Robbinson, the former editor of the Maldives Independent, in his first investigative account of the everyday lives of Maldivians, writes that the country has exploited Islamic sentiments for subordinating women in the country by criminalising pre-marital sex or extramarital sex leading to higher divorce rate. “Tourists on romantic resort getaways blissfully sun themselves on beaches a few hundred feet from ‘local’ islands where Maldivian women are routinely sentenced to 100 lashes for the crime of extramarital sex,” he writes.

He cites observations made by famous Islamic explorer Ibn Battuta where he argues that in the Maldivian culture where people do not fix dowry makes it easier for them to married.

“It is easy to marry in these islands because of the smallness of the dowries and the pleasures of society which the women offer,” Battuta wrote in the 14th century. “Most people do not even fix any dowry. When the ships put in, the crew marry; when they intend to leave, they divorce their wives. This is a kind of temporary marriage (muta). I have seen nowhere in the world women whose society was more pleasant.”

And for getting divorced, a man has to say ‘I divorce you’ three times under the triple talaq Islamic law. Women, though, has to go through a legal process but interestingly there is no stigma around getting divorced, unlike pre-marital sex. “I recall one recently married fisherman boasting that his new wife had been married six times; this, he explained with a sly wink, meant she was experienced. The figure was about average for a woman in her forties,” Robbinson writes.

Patriarchy, Like Everywhere, Rules The Marriage

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Besides, the religious-cultural nexus to higher divorce rate, the much universal patriarchal mindset and the resulting sexual and domestic violence are also the reasons for the overwhelming trend.

Nearly 33 per cent women in the country are reportedly victims of sexual of physical violence and of them, nearly 20 per cent are perpetrated by their partners, and to most Maldivians it is quite acceptable or even desirable for a husband to beat his wife, or have physical or sexual supremacy.

A 29-year-old, who felt obliged to marry her boyfriend after having sex with him at the age of 15; who later became a victim of his violent nature, says as quoted by Maldives Independent,

Maldives may rank highest in the world for divorces, but at least the ease in getting a divorce ensures women or men do not stay in abusive or unhappy relationships

In December last year, the Maldives had a meltdown when a 35-year-old woman from Gaaf Dhaal Thinadhoo died after fighting a long battle in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Male. She was brutally raped by her husband.

Her death was followed by marches, social media activism but proved that a little has been changed since the government passed Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 2012.

Polygamy- Men’s Duty To Keep Women On Right Path

divorceIn March this year, during gender equality debate in the People’s Majlis, MP Ahmed Saleem held women responsible for infidelity and suggested that it was a man’s duty to keep them on right path.

Saleem said, ” Women drive men to mental illnesses and crime because of their infidelity. Women are fragile like glass. They can become anything if we do not know how to look after them. The prophet said if a women turns evil, she is worse than a lion… We try to guard them to reform our societies,” he continued giving example of a fellow MP who has three wives, “There is none better than Riyaz Rasheed. Look, he looks after three women to ensure that they do not stray from the right path. This is our duty.”

The PPM dominated 85-member Majlis, where there are just 5 women MPs, threw out the proposal for reserving quotas for women 36 votes that day.

Equal Pay For Equal Work, But Is It Enough?

Later in August, Social Committee of the Parliament passed the gender equality bill prohibiting gender discrimination in employment fields assuring equal pay for equal work but no effort was put in reforming social fabric of the fundamentals of Islamic ruling where death for infidelity, covert abortions to hide the “illegal” out-of-wedlock child & polygamy are rampant.

Former State Minister for Gender and Family, Haala Hameed speculates that more women entering workforce is also one of the reasons for higher divorce- as there is no basic childcare facility and working women are often seen negatively causing tension withing families leading to higher divorce rate.

Whistleblower Gasim’s Sentencing Postponed Amid Transparency Maldives’ Call For His Acquittal

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The sentencing of Bank of Maldives former manager Gasim Abdul Kareem, who has been charged with unauthorised disclosure customer information, has been postponed amid the constant call from watchdog Transparency Maldives for his acquittal for whistle-blowing the one of the biggest corruption in the country where the money meant for state was siphoned off to private accounts.

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The hearing was canceled as the presiding judge was on leave.

Police had arrested Gasim on the charges of allegedly disclosing the bank account details of Score of Flairs (S.O.F) Private Limited – a company involved in the country’s biggest corruption scandal with Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation to Omnia Strategy- a company founded and chaired by Cherie Blair.

Gasim, who is under house arrest since the beginning of trial, has got unprecedented support of Transparency Maldives which dub him as a whistle-blower and is carrying out a campaign in his defense.

Gasim’s lawayer Nazim Sattar had also put forward his case as an act of whistle-blowing to expose the corruption.

Nazim told FocusMaldives.com,

What he did was whistleblowing which is not a crime but the state is saying that he did a criminal offence which is punishable up to six-months

Gasim was found “unbailable” by six criminal court judges in 11 remand hearings for “potential interference with witnesses and evidence” and danger of absconding”.

Here’s everything you need to know about the case

  • Gasim was arrested on February 18 and has been incarcerated in Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre for more than three months.
  • He was under detention for more than three months.
  • According to an expose by The Daily Mail, Mohamed Allam Latheef, the owner of SOF Pvt Ltd facilitated transfer of funds from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation to Omnia Strategy- founded and chaired by Cherie Blair.
  • An amount of £210,000 was transferred from MMPRC’s funds to HSBC account in London, apparently belonging to Omnia.
  • The amount was half of the total amount charged by Omnia strategy for providing six months consultancy service -in a yearlong contract- to the government on “democratic consolidation”.
  • Latheef acted as a middleman in ensuring that there is a smooth transaction between the two.
  • MMPRC, which allegedly misappropriated US$80 million from the state-owned tourism promotion agency also siphoned off US$70 million into SOF’s bank account.
  • Latheef is also a close associate of Adeeb and among the five suspects wanted in connection with the boat blast.
  • Interpol had issued red notice against him.
  • Gasim, who is pleading whistleblowing, has not been not been formally charged for any offence but his detention notice says he is accused under Penal Code Section 231, 232 and 233 for unlawful surveillance, acquisition and disclosure of information.
  • Penal Code Section 232 (b) provides an exception in the cases where an unauthorised acquisition of information is intended to expose wrongdoing.

Journalism Is Not A Crime: Silence Resonates At Journalists’ Protest on Independence Day

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The mood of the nation this Independence Day was not only gloomy and irate, but it was brooding with defiance- from the call for boycott of the day that marks country’s independence to a silent protest by journalists towards the end of the day.

Even when the administration celebrated the Independence Day- from hoisting flags to organising cultural festivals- most of the Maldivians questioned “autocratic” rule under President Abdulla Yameen. Of many rights that people of the demanded on social networking sites, the universal idea of press freedom metamorphosed into a silent protest by scores of journalists who came out on streets wearing black to symbolise the dark side independence.

Holding banners of abducted journalist of Maldives Independent Ahmed Rilwan to placards bearing the message “Journalism Is Not A Crime” and “No To Defamation Bill”-the silence of the journalists resonated the message loud and clear.

Live Updates Of Journalists’ Silent Protest On Independence Day:


Govt In Hurry To Pass Defamation Bill & Calls It “Media Friendly”

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The government is all set to introduce a fast track system for the proposed defamation bill to “set the limits on freedom of expression” in order to protect people from committing the act of defamation.

In an apparent smart move, the government in mid-July made ruling MP Ahmed Nihan to withdraw his version of defamation bill- dubbed as “death knell” for media freedom by critics- to introduce a “media friendly” bill. The government is planning to push the bill through people’s Majlis in a day.


What Is A “Media Friendly” Bill


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  • The new “media friendly” bill has been proposed by the MP for Ungoofaaru constituency, Jaufaru Dhaaood on behalf of the government.

  • The new bill proposes lower fines and jail sentences. The defamation will go to court as civil offence and if a person fails to pay the fine, he/she would face criminal charges.

  • The fine has been reduced from MVR 5 million to MVR 2 million and if a person fails to pay the fine will land up in jail for six months as against jail term for one year mentioned in “not so friendly” bill introduced by Nihan.

  • The bill has two parts; the media part which covers rumours circulated by media and the individual part which covers defamatory speeches at public platforms.

  • The bill is on the floor of the parliament for debate and voting but PPM Parliamentary Committee has decided to push the bill in a day.

The Never Ending Tale Of Media Clampdown


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Ex-Haveeru Employees Banned


The Civil Court recently ordered ban on ex-Haveeru employees for two years from working in any other organisation. Court ordered the Home Ministry to ensure that the ex-employees do not work for any other media house for two years stating that it was leding to massive loss to Haveeru- the oldest newspaper of the country.

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What Really Happened?

  • On March 31, the civil court ordered to halt the publication of country’s oldest newspaper agency Haveeru Online after shareholding dispute between two parties.

  • This led to mass resignation of Haveeru’s employees and they started working for the new newspaper agency Mihaaru- owned by one of the stakeholders.

Reason For Ban

  • Court ordered ban on ex-Haveeru journalists for two years from working in any other organisation stating huge financial losses due to mass resignation from Haveeru Daily.

  • Court also found out that assets of Haveeru Daily were being used illegally by ex-Haveeru employees.

What About Others?

CNM Closed! Ahmed Rilwan Still Missing! Raajje TV Journalists Facing Trial!


CNM Expose That Led To Its Closure

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  • CNM was forced to shut down on political pressure after it exposed First Lady’s misuse of state funds for personal profit.

  • CNM had exposed First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim for misusing the dates donated by Saudi Arabia for the personal gain through the NGO owned by her.

  • CNM also exposed the letter sent to Finance Ministry by Islamic Minister to transfer half of the Abu Dhabi donation to Fathimath’s NGO, the Sadagat Foundation.

  • The Editor-in-Chief , Ismail Rasheed called it a forced shut down by the influential government official. Howvever, one of the shareholders of CNM, Mohamed Ali Janah, dismissed the claim of political pressure.

Ahmed Rilwan Still Missing


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  • Close to two years now, but there is no sign of Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan who was abducted in August 2014.

  • Two suspects have been arrested but the main suspect Mohamed Suaid had fled from Maldives last year while the family of Rilwan accused police of delaying investigation leading to discrepancies.

  • Government was summoned by the United Nations seeking response over his disappearance. Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon refuted allegations and said that there is no involvement of government in his abduction.

Raajje TV Journalists Facing Trial


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  • Two things common between Mohamed Wisam, Leevan Ali Naseer, Hussain Fiyaz Moosa and Adam Zareer, were first, they all are Raajje TV journalists and second, they all are facing “vague” charges for obstructing law and order on different occasions.

  • State prosecutor claims they defied police orders and crossed a barricade set up near the central bank building in Malé during an anti-government protest on March 25 last year.

  • While they pleaded not guilty by saying that they were doing their duty as journalists.

  • Judge presiding over the trial questioned the legality of the charges against the Raajje TV CEO Moosa and why he was charged with inappropriately touching a person instead of more serious offence of assault

Journalism, A Crime In Maldives?


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  • 18 journalists were arrested during the sit-in protest against Court’s decision for shutting Haveeru.

  • 183 Maldivian journalists signed a petition and submitted it to the President’s Office, the People’s Majlis and the Supreme Court requesting to drop the charges against 24 Journalists arrested since President Abdulla Yameen came in power.

  • Maldives has been ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 60 places since 2010.

2 Years Of Ahmed Rilwan’s Abduction; Suspects Freed; An Epitaph Of Govt’s Failure

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It’s been more than 700 days. It will be two years on August 8 since the time Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan is missing. On the 713th day, two suspects- who were arrested in connection with the abduction- were freed stirring anguish among people at a time when the country is already reeling under international denunciation of clampdown on press.

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The demand to find Rilwan has gained momentum once again after the release under the hashtag #FindMoyameehaa

Meanwhile, a Twitter user even asked ex-President and PPM leader Mumooon Gayoom to help find Rilwan amid the power play with his half-brother Yameen.


Two Suspects Freed, Mastermind Absconded!


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Criminal Court released the two suspects held in Rilwan’s Abduction on Wednesday while the mastermind abducted long back for which the family members of Rilwan held police responsible for discrepancies in investigation.
Two suspects- Ahmed Aalif Rauf and Mohamed Nooruddin- were arrested on April 5 by police for allegedly abducting Rilwan in September 2014.

29-year-old Aalif, a resident of H. Hilton, Male’ and 31-year-old Noordaddin, a resident of Karankaage, G. Dh. Vaadhoo were allegedly abducted Rilwan in a red car on the orders of Mohamed Suaid- who fled the country after being released by criminal court in November 2014.

Both the suspects were on remand of the police and were also transferred to house arrest for a brief period of 10 days.


Police Investigation


 

Police after investigating the case in April this year established that Railwan was abducted at knife point and said that members of Malé’s Kuda Henveiru gang were involved.

The gang followed Rilwan for over two hours in the red car- owned by Aarif- that was brought to Hulhumalé on August 1 and brought back to Malé in mid-August that year.

Police also confirmed that the abduction was well planned in advance but declined any political connection to which Rilwan’s family, friends and supporters strongly objected.


What Really Happened That Night?


On August 8, 2014, around 12.44 am Rilwan was seen taking a ferry at Hulhumalé terminal. He reached suburb island after 25 minutes upon which he did not take a bus according to a eye witness who was a fellow passenger with Rilwan on the ferry.

It was between 1.30 am and 2.00 am when Rilwan’s neighbours saw someone forcing Rilwan in a car at knife point in front of his apartment. The abductors dropped the knife that night which was later recovered by police, Rilwan’s friend claims which police declined.

Rilwan was 28 years old when he was abducted on that chilling night and was a target of many religious and extremists group for his reports. “Rilwan had received numerous death threats for his criticism of religious extremist groups and had reported being followed by a man suspected of involvement in a near-fatal attack on a blogger in 2012,” one of his friends claimed.

“We believe he was abducted but we’ve not got any leads,” The Independent quoted his brother, Moosa Rilwan as saying. “We believe he was abducted by people to stop his freedom of speech; to stop him writing about politics and radicals.”


UN’s Intervention & Govt’s Indifference


The United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID), taking cognizance of Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) request to intervene in the case, summoned government to respond to the case filed regarding Rilwan’s abduction and government’s involvement in the case.

The government, however, rejected any such claims and said “rejected any suggestion that it is responsible for the disappearance of Rilwan or that it has had any involvement as alleged or at all.” and claimed that it was police’s “highest priority” to investigate his case and the perpetrators will be brought to “justice”.

The government also stated that the “initial delay” of the crucial first five days in the reporting of the disappearance and certain other challenges affected “prompt investigation into such a complex matter”.

But, soon after government’s claims, Zaheena Rashid, the editor of Maldives Independent lashed out government for telling “lies” to the UN and claimed that his Rilwan’s neighbours reported the abduction minutes after the incident.


The Possible Nexus Between Rilwan’s Abduction, Dr Afraasheem Murder & Humam’s Hanging


This is Shamoon ‘Lucas’ Jaleel, a close friend of Rilwan, who has alleged several times that he was killed as he knew the finest details of murder of religious leader and a member of Progressive Party of Maldives Dr Afraasheem.

Dr Afraasheem was the possible threat to President Yameen’s candidature in 2013 Presidential elections, conspiracy theories claim as some allege that he was killed by a contract killer 24-year-old Hussain Humam Ahmed on the promised amount of MVR 1.6 crore.

Interestingly, Humam is almost on the death bed and will become the first Maldivian in 60 years to receive President Yameen endorsed death penalty if he is sentenced as ruled by the Supreme Court.

Like Rilwan, Humam is also under international body scanner for not receiving fair trial as he even after confessing the murder, retracted it saying that he was pressurised to take the responsibility of the murder.

The rights body questioned that why no investigation on the “mastermind” who asked Humam to murder Afraasheem was done and why Humam’s mental condition- which his father claimed was not stable- taken into consideration.


In Pics: The Struggle To Find Rilwan


Close to two years and no sign of Rilwan yet his friends and family members are hopeful of his return and pray for his safety and security while they also share some pictures as part of their memories with Rilwan.

 

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Action Against Ex-Haveeru Employees: The Never Ending Tale Of Media Crackdown

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The Civil Court has ordered ban on ex-Haveeru employees for two years from working in any other organisation. Court ordered the Home Ministry to ensure that the ex-Haveeru journalists do not work for any other media house for two years stating that it has led to massive loss to Haveeru Online- the oldest newspaper of the country.

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What Really Happened?

  • On March 31, the civil court ordered to halt the publication of country’s oldest newspaper agency Haveeru Online after shareholding dispute between two parties.

  • This led to mass resignation of Haveeru’s employees and they started working for the new newspaper agency Mihaaru- owned by one of the stakeholders.

Reason For Ban

  • Court ordered ban on ex-Haveeru journalists for two years from working in any other organisation stating huge financial losses due to mass resignation from Haveeru Daily.

  • Court also found out that assets of Haveeru Daily were being used illegally by ex-Haveeru employees.

What About Others?

CNM Closed! Addu Live Blocked! Ahmed Rilwan Still Missing! Raajje TV Journalists Facing Trial!


CNM Expose That Led To Its Closure

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  • CNM was forced to shut down on political pressure after it exposed First Lady’s misuse of state funds for personal profit.

  • CNM had exposed First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim for misusing the dates donated by Saudi Arabia for the personal gain through the NGO owned by her.

  • CNM also exposed the letter sent to Finance Ministry by Islamic Minister to transfer half of the Abu Dhabi donation to Fathimath’s NGO, the Sadagat Foundation.

  • The Editor-in-Chief , Ismail Rasheed called it a forced shut down by the influential government official. Howvever, one of the shareholders of CNM, Mohamed Ali Janah, dismissed the claim of political pressure.

Addu Live Blocked

  • Addu Live was blocked by Ex-Home Minister, Umar Naseer claiming that the site was not registered with the government.

  • While Addu live claimed that new sites don’t require registration according to Maldives’ law.

  • Addu live also claimed that it was politically motivated step after the site posted an article exposing First Lady’s corruption.

Ahmed Rilwan Still Missing

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  • Close to two years now, but there is no sign of Maldives Independent journalist Ahmed Rilwan who was abducted in August 2014.

  • Two suspects have been arrested but the main suspect Mohamed Suaid had fled from Maldives last year while the family of Rilwan accused police of delaying investigation leading to discrepancies.

  • Government was summoned by the United Nations seeking response over his disappearance. Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon refuted allegations and said that there is no involvement of government in his abduction.

Raajje TV Journalists Facing Trial

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  • Two things common between Mohamed Wisam, Leevan Ali Naseer, Hussain Fiyaz Moosa and Adam Zareer, were first, they all are Raajje TV journalists and second, they all are facing “vague” charges for obstructing law and order on different occasions.

  • State prosecutor claims they defied police orders and crossed a barricade set up near the central bank building in Malé during an anti-government protest on March 25 last year.

  • While they pleaded not guilty by saying that they were doing their duty as journalists.

  • Judge presiding over the trial questioned the legality of the charges against the Raajje TV CEO Moosa and why he was charged with inappropriately touching a person instead of more serious offence of assault

Journalism, A Crime In Maldives?

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  • 18 journalists were arrested during the sit-in protest against Court’s decision for shutting Haveeru.

  • 183 Maldivian journalists signed a petition and submitted it to the President’s Office, the People’s Majlis and the Supreme Court requesting to drop the charges against 24 Journalists arrested since President Abdulla Yameen came in power.

  • Maldives has been ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 60 places since 2010.

Afrasheem Murder Case: SC Rejects Parliamentarian’s Family Plea, Continues With Death Sentence Verdict On Murderer

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The supreme court upheld  the death sentence of Humam who is convicted of killing a member of Parliament, even as it rejected a plea from the family members of the parliamentarian.
Hussain Humam is accused of murdering MP – Dr. Afrasheem and the hearing is still going on in the case.
The verdict was issued at 2am on Friday, and may be the first hanging after the change in the capital  punishment law.
Interestingly, in an unexpected twist, Afrasheem’s family members appealed to the court to spare Humam from death penalty through a letter.
Officials, however, rejected the letter, claiming they only accept submissions made during official hours.
According to Afrasheem’s father & brother, Humam is the only eye witness who can lead them to those who financed and planned the murder.
Here is all you need to know about Afrasheem’s murder case :
1. Dr. Afrasheem was a MP of the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives  and was moderate religious scholar.
2. He was known for taking  liberal positions on  religious issues which had prompted criticism from various political and religious critics.
3. He  was stabbed to death outside his home on the night of October 1, 2012.
4. Police said the killing was politically motivated.
5. Humam was arrested few hours after Afrasheem was found dead. He was charged with murder charges on January 2013.
6. He even confessed his crime but one month later he changed his confession saying that he confession was made under coercion and threat to his family members.

Twitter’s In Meltdown Over Govt’s Decision To Implement Death Penalty By Hanging

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The government has decided to implement death penalty in the Maldives by hanging. Earlier, they wanted lethal injection for the same but faced issues incorporating one.

Home Minister Umar Naseer made the announcement on Friday stating that the government has made all the arrangements to implement death penalty by hanging.

As soon as the news broke out, people started venting out their anger over the decision on micro-blogging site Twitter, while some have been opposing the move since a long time.

Here are some of the reactions on implementing the death penalty in the Maldives:

Fourth Person Stabbed In 24 Hours As Male’ Police Hunt For Suspects

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Hours after two teenage boys died and another suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in Male’ on Friday night, a fourth individual has been attacked in the Maldivian capital.

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Police had arrested 19 people after two 14-year-old boys died of injuries after they were stabbed in neck and back in Male’.

Police Information Officer Chief Inspector Ismail Ali said that a 24-year-old was stabbed around 3.45 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)’s Media Official Zeenath Ali Habeeb said the condition of the victim remains critical as he has lost a lot of blood after being stabbed on his thigh. He is currently undergoing surgery.

ALSO READ: Twin Stabbing Case: 19 Arrested After Death Of Two 14-Year-Old Boys In Male’

  • While police made arrests in a special operation, Home Minister Umar Naseer has announced a “tough love” rehabilitation camp for young criminal offenders to control such fatal crimes.
  • The police have arrested eight people from M. Jade, seven from H. Dhoohimerige, and four people from M. Lonumidhilige.

The arrest of 19 people has not been made over the killings but on the suspicion of planning the violent attacks.

Police have also set up multiple checkpoints in Male’ and are questioning anyone who seems suspicious in the twin stabbing case.

According to reports, one of the two boys, Ahmed Irusham Hilmy (K. Kaashidhoo) was stabbed in his neck in a gang fight on the western end of Malé’s thoroughfare Majeedhee Magu at 5:30pm on Friday.

Another boy, Faathir Mohamed Ali (M. Sharumaage) was stabbed in the back three times outside his home in the Maafannu ward.

Both succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at the IGMH.

The incident annoyed many residents of Male and they took Twitter to express their shock and anger.

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