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MP Mohamed Saeed criticizes current administration’s silence over Indian influence in the Maldives.

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Opposition Vice-President MP Mohamed Saeed has criticized the current administration in a lengthy Facebook post. In his post, MP Mohamed Saeed’s highlighted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration with profound criticism for its close ties with India.

In his post, the Maavashu Constituency MP stated several points of concern by the public including the alleged handover of that the airports, Northern and Southern Maldives,  Uthuru Thilafalhu project (UTF) over to India. He then stated that the situation is only worsening as we go into the third year of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s.

He further stated that the concerns by the public should be addressed by the current administration as these issues tie in to the sovereignty and independence of the nation. He questioned why the head of the state is unable to address the public on the issues.

He further raised question whether President Solih is afraid to address the concerns of whether he is staying silent for fear of getting ousted from his office.

He also called out the current ruling coalition leaders who have also remained silent on the growing Indian influence on the Maldives.

MP Mohamed Saeed also reminded that the current ruling coalition leaders called for an Indian military intervention in the Maldives. He continued on to question whether the current administration has allowed India to meddle with the domestic affairs of the Maldives  under the “new normal”, stating that this is something that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih needs to answer for.

MP Mohamed Saeed also revealed in his post that changes were brought to the Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee and the 241 Committee and that he had not seen the UTF agreement, under which the development of a military base near the capital city was handed over to India. He then stated that it is unlikely that any of the opposition MP’s would have seen the original agreement.

MP Mohamed Saeed ended his post stating that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih should be held answerable for the concerns as the nation battles with the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the threats to the sovereignty and independence of the Maldives. He also argued that the silence form the ruling coalition leaders is a sign of their compliance in the mismanagement and growing Indian influence.

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FM Shahid presents letter from Pres Solih to UAE’s President

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Foreign Minister His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, the Special Envoy of President His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
At the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE, Minister Shahid handed over a letter from President Solih addressed to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and conveyed greetings and well wishes from President Solih to the leadership and the Emirati people. During the meeting, the Ministers conversed on ways to further strengthen and diversify the long-standing relations between the Maldives and UAE.
Minister Shahid reiterated appreciation for the generous support and assistance provided to the Maldives through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and expressed gratitude on behalf of the government and people of the Maldives for the invaluable contributions made by UAE towards the socio-economic development of the Maldives, over the years.
The two Foreign Ministers expressed their renewed commitment to working together on issues of mutual interest, both bilaterally and in the international fora. Foreign Minister Shahid was accompanied at the meeting by the Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the United Arab Emirates, Her Excellency Aminath Shabeena, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Salman Zaki and Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in the United Arab Emirates, Fathimath Urooj Nizar.

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Defense Minister: Terror attack recently foiled one of the most dangerous planned to date

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Defense Ministry Mariya Ahmed Didi has described the mass casualty terror attack using explosives recently foiled by Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defense Force in a joint counter-terrorism operation as one of the most dangerous attacks planned to date.

Speaking at the ceremony held to mark the 29th anniversary of MNDF’s Southern Area Command – Minister Mariya stressed that the government was undertaking a number of efforts to counter the spread of extremism.

Despite these efforts, the Minister said that there are groups propagating extremism and conspiring fatal terror attacks nonstop, by allocating all their time for the purpose.

Therewith, Minister Mariya emphasized on the importance of basing actions on information attained through surveilling such conspiracies, and carrying out the necessary research.

“I believe MNDF’s area commands need to significantly increase capacity in this trajectory,” she added.

In this regard, she described the mass casualty terror attack using explosives recently foiled in a joint counter-terrorism operation as one of the most dangerous attacks planned to date.

Police have stated that three substances presumed to be explosive chemicals which was seized from the home of one of the arrestees from the operation when tested by MNDF’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) had shown to have highly explosive substances. They emphasized that EOD reported that small quantities of the chemical can fatally injure a human, and cause great damage to goods.

A total of 14 people were arrested during this operation; 10 from Addu City, two from Male’ City and two from Guraidhoo. Police identified all the suspects as Maldivian men.

Criminal Court remanded five of them in custody pending the outcome of trial. They include a 20-year-old, 27-year-old, 30-year-old, 35-year-old, and 37-year-old.

Meanwhile, five others – an 18-year-old, two 33-year-olds, a 35-year-old, and a 46-year-old – were remanded in custody for 14 days. Four of them – a 19-year-old, two 27-year-olds, and a 28-year-old – were remanded in custody for 30 days.

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Officers smuggling telephones and drugs into prison are identified

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The Commissioner of Prisons (COP) has stated that an operation is being carried out against jail officers who are illegally getting into prisons and in any other case violating the law.

Ahmed stated that a major operation has been launched to stop these incidents. After extensive consultations with the police, an operation is being conducted against the incident and the officers involved have already been identified.

Ahmed stated that one of the biggest difficulties is getting enough evidence before taking action against an employee. Therefore, the identified officers have been targeted in the operation, he explained.

The Correctional Service is working hard to prevent the smuggling of telephones and drugs into prisons. However, this problem has not been resolved so far. This week, a prison officer was arrested with drugs for trying to smuggle them into the jail. , Ahmed stated such cases have been a prime problem since the beginning of the prisons in Maldives. He stated prison officials had been also involved. “I admit that there is a hand of officers. There are some officers who have been noticed. But you know that action cannot be taken against an employee because of suspicion.”

Ahmed stated many other efforts are being made to prevent the smuggling of telephones into prisons. He stated the problem should be prevented through technology. Ahmed stated he tried to use a jammer however that was not the most desirable solution. Therefore, some of the measures taken now consist of installing antennas in the prison region and a system to detect calls going through the prison, he stated.

“Before, we had to run through the device. Even if you inserted a single device and inserted 50 SIM cards, you could do whatever you wanted inside the jail without us seeing it.” Ahmed explained.

He stated work has been started however its going to take a long time to peer a complete result. These issues have been rooted for a long term and its going to take days for the results to be reached.

Ahmed stated it would not be easy to smuggle items into prisons based at the work done in recent years. The Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Mohammed stated the measures taken against the crime will be strengthened

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