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Detaining without court warrant back on the table as Attorney General drafts amendment to Anti-Terrorism bill.

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The Attorney General’s Office has drafted a controversial bill to bring further amendments to the anti-terrorism law. The draft has been sent to the President’s Office before its sent to the Parliament.

Under the new amendment, Maldives Police Service will have the power to arrest and detain individuals suspected of terrorism for 48 hours without any court warrants. Moreover  they will have the right to enter, arrest and search private properties suspected to have connections with individuals accused of terrorism, without any court warrants or prior warnings.

The new amendment will also allow the Maldives Police Service to take action against an individual even if there is no direct connection to an act of terrorism  in the name of  “public security”.

Additional amendments will also be brought to facilitate the rehabilitation of the suspects and their families with connections to elements of extremism. This would enable the government to provide rehabilitation to the Maldivians who had fled the country to illegally participate in armed conflicts.

A similar amendment was proposed in 2019 but was rejected at the committee level of the Parliament. The current amendment is being proposed in reaction to the terror attack on the Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on 06th May 2021.

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Youths of Gemanafushi initiate cleanup of beaches of nearby uninhabited islands.

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The youths of Gemanafushi have banded together to clean up the beaches of the nearby uninhabited islands.  The cleanup initiated with the help of the campaign team for the “Saafu Kandufaru program”.

The program was carried out by the fishermen’s NGOs in collaboration with all the NGOs from Gemanafushi, Ga. Atoll Council and Ga. Gemanafushi Council.

The leading fisherman in the cleanup, Saajin stated that the plastic taken in today’s activity filled up 20 jumbo bags. He also stated that this work would be continued without further breaks.

On this note he explained that a discussion is proceeding on ways to recycle or reuse plastic taken from the beaches.

Net bags have been provided to all Gemanafushi fishing boats and since the campaign was initiated with the aim expanding to the whole of Huvadhoo Atoll, net bags will be provided to all the Huvadhoo fishing vessels as well.

The main objective of the program is for the fisheries industry of Maldives to set an example on the importance of protecting the environment, increasing awareness on the dangers of improper plastic waste disposal and to implement an easy way to discard the plastic waste.

The main partners of this program are Ensis Fisheries, Ugail Foundation and Ga. Atoll Council.

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Cyber-Attack Hits Housing Ministry.

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It has been reported that the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure has become a recent victim of a cyber-attack resulting in difficulties providing service to the public.

Since last Saturday, the ministry’s computers have been remotely denied access prohibited and the staffs have been asked to not attend work. However, no official statement has been made from the ministry or Maldives police service.

Previous such cyber-attacks to various government authorities have been noted too. Last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the website of Health Protection Agency (HPA) was hacked with warnings sent to the system.

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SJ construction to sue government claiming unlawful evaluation of three bids.

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A major construction company of Maldives, SJ construction has filed a case against the government in regards to three bids.

A public statement was made by the legal team representing SJ Construction, Advocacy Chambers in regards to the case. As per the statement the three bids in question are related to the ongoing works of construction of housing units in Hdh. Hanimadhoo, building of the housing units in Th. Vilifushi and the construction of the Hdh. Nolhivaran Housing Units.

The legal team alleges the bids were evaluated inputting a loss of 21.6 million rufiyaa to the state and the bids were disqualified by the government unlawfully.

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