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Former Criminal Court Chief Judge: Judge Ali Rasheed was appointed to the Supreme Courts because he passed the verdict as requested by MDP

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Former Chief Judge of Criminal Court Ahmed Hailam has stated that, the reason Ali Rasheed was appointed to the Supreme Courts is because he was one of the 5 judges in the Criminal Court preside over former President Yameen Abdul Qayoom’s case, and to pass a guilty verdict. He also alleged that Judge Ali Rasheed was appointed to the new Supreme Courts because he passed verdict as requested by MDP and that the public believes that as well.

According to a post made by Ahed Hailam on his personal blog, he stated that he was ready for the trial and verdict of President Yaameen when the Judicial Service Commission decided to suspended him. He also wrote that Judge Ali Rasheed was suddenly appointed and the case was handed over to him. He wrote that that was malpractice and against the law.

The hearing of Presidents Yaameen’s case was scheduled for 5th November 2019 but with JSC’s decision to suspend Judge Ahmed Hailam for an alleged disciplinary issue, Judge Ali Rasheed was appointed for his position. After handing over the case to Judge Ali Rasheed and removing from Judge Ahmed Hailam’s section, Judge Ali Rasheed had started the work on former President Yameen’s case on the following day. As suspension is not a permanent hindrance to any case that a judge is working on, Ahmed Hailam noted that handing over a case to another appointed judge is illegal.

Ahmed Hailam further stated in his blog that when Judge Ali Rasheed was transferred to the Criminal Court, he was already competing to become the High Court’s judge from which It is evident that Judge Ali Rasheed was desperate to get to a higher position. Audio conversations of 3 of the 5 appointed judges who presided over former President Yameen Abdul gayoom’s case has been leaked causing controversy as the opposition party continues to call for the immediate release of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom from jail.

In response to the claims made by the public, JSC’s president Hisaan Hussain stated that even though the judges who worked on Presidents Yaameen’s case got promoted, the timing was a coincidence. This comment is not well received or believed by the public.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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