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Maldives: Military Arrests and Detains Criminal Court Judge

(Jan. 30, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) took the unprecedented step of arresting and detaining Abdulla Mohamed, Chief Judge of the country's criminal court, on charges of corruption. The MNDF, with government backing, took action after the judge issued a ruling in favor of the release of a government […]

Maldives: Supreme Court Ruling on Parliament's Authority over Police, Military

(Mar. 17, 2011) According to a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives, that country's police and national defense forces must answer questions from the Parliament's National Security Committee (the “241 Committee”) whenever asked. (Ahmed Nazeer, Parliament Has Authority over Police and MNDF, Declares Supreme Court, MINIVAN NEWS (Mar. 12, 2011).) The decision […]

Maldives: Bill on Freedom of Assembly Passes

(Oct. 28, 2008) The Maldives' government-proposed bill on freedom of assembly, drafted by the Ministry of Legal Reform, was passed by Parliament on October 20, 2008. It had been controversial, criticized by opposition members of the Parliament for restricting freedom of assembly in ways said to be contrary to article 32 of the 2008 Constitution […]

Maldives: Parliament Passes Draft of Constitution Chapter

(Dec. 2, 2007) The draft constitutional chapter concerned with procedures for amending the Constitution was passed by the Majlis, the Parliament of Maldives. The language written by the Drafting Committee was entirely retained. Under this chapter, parts of the Constitution may be amended by a three-fourths majority vote in the Majlis. The chapters on the […]