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Judge Hussain Faiz was threatened to pass a guilty verdict on former President Abdulla Yameen according to leaked audio tape

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Local news “Vaguthu” has reported that they had received an audio of criminal court judge Hussain Faiz Rashad stating that he was threatened to pass a guilty verdict on former President Abdulla Yameen.

Following Chief Judge Ahmed Hailam’s suspension just 4 hour prior to passing a verdict on the state’s charges of money laundering against opposition leader and Presidential Candidate former President Abdulla Yameen, a five judge bench was established to preside over the case. Judge Hussain Faiz Rashad was among the five judges.

According to “Vaguthu News”, Judge Hussain Faiz Rashad stated in the audio that he was threatened by the state to pass a guilty verdict against former President Abdulla Yameen. He further stated that he had two choices, to obey and pass a guilty verdict or disobey and free former acquit former President Abdulla Yameen of all the charges.

The audio which according to “Vaguthu News” was recorded while Judge Hussain Rashad was talking to a friend, also revealed that he believes that had they not passed a guilty verdict on former President Abdulla Yameen under duress, the former President would have to face a more dangerous situation brought forward by the current administration.

Judge Hussain Rashad was among the five judges appointed to preside over former President Abdulla Yameen’s case in the Criminal Court. The other judges include Judge Ali Rasheed Hussein, Judge Ahmed Shakeel, Mohamed Sameer and Judge Ali Adam. From this, Judge Ali Rasheed who verbally passed the verdict currently sits on the bench of the apex court

Moreover, this is the second such comments from a judge involved in the former President Abdulla Yameen’s case. Following his suspension on 5th November 2019 citing possible corruption, Judge Hailam who has since been acquitted of all charges released a statement alleging that top executives of the current administration had contacted him and threatened him to pass a guilty verdict on former President Abdulla Yameen. State authorities are yet to investigate or acknowledge these serious allegations.

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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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