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Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Maldives Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 78-2 in favor of impeaching Vice President Mohamed Jameel accusing him of neglecting his duties. Jameel had been deputy to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official website] since their election victory in 2013. At the center of this impeachment [Sun Online report] … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] said [press release] Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona Rishmawi, head … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The legislative body of Maldives, the People's Majlis [official website], amended the Prison and Parole Act on Monday to remove an inmate's right to membership in a political party. The measure is known as the Bill on Amendment to the Prison and Parole Act, Act No. 14/2013 [official press … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the a trial [JURIST report] of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed [Huffington Post profile]. The commissioner found several flaws in the trial process including: the trial beginning one day after Nasheed's arrest … [read more]

Legal News
14 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Criminal Court of Maldives [official website] on Friday sentenced former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] to 13 years in prison for terrorism-related charges. The charges relate to actions [JURIST report] taken three years ago by the former President which included the arrest and detainment of a … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested [AP report] Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy website] on Thursday condemned [press release] the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court [official website] justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 [text, PDF] passed on December 10 … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official websites] of the country's human rights records. The … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Aug 2014
by Arkady Bukh of Law Offices of Bukh & Associates

JURIST Guest Columnist Arkady Bukh of the Law Offices of Bukh & Associates describes the recent arrest of an alleged Russian cyber criminal and its place in the history of cybercrime... The recent arrest of Russian citizen Roman Valeravich Seleznev by US authorities for alleged cyber crimes highlights one of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Sunday dismissed the country's four top election commissioners, giving each a six-month jail sentence and three-year suspension for "disobeying orders." The commission members were tried [BBC report] after the passage of new rules that allowed the Supreme Court to initiate … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed [Minivan News report] by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Tuesday elected 14 countries [press release] to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Sunday suspended the nation's presidential election for the third time. Former president Mohamed Nasheed received the most votes at the official election Saturday, but Maldives' protocols called for a runoff to be held Sunday. According to media sources, numerous political … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] asserted [statement] on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] has meddled excessively in the nation's presidential elections. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of the Maldives annulled results [JURIST report] from the … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday called for the immediate release [press release] of well known Qatari poet Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, who received a harsh sentence for a poem believed to encourage a coup … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Monday annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and called for a new election before October 20. A probe of the September 7 voters list found irregularities [Haveeru report] in 5,623 of the votes, including minors, people voting … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] on Monday indefinitely delayed the second round of presidential elections, which were scheduled to occur later this week. The injunction, signed by four of the seven-judge bench, calls for the election commission to delay the runoff election [Haveeru report] until the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday stressed [press release] the UK's obligation to ensure that investigative journalists are allowed protection from intimidation and punishment. Wednesday's statement comes as a reaction to the recent detention [NYT article] of David Miranda, partner of The Guardian [official website] journalist Glenn … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] 2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report [advocacy website] released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website]. RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index [materials] to coincide with World Press Freedom Day [official website]. … [read more]

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