Saturday, October 09, 2004

Black Friday case sent to the Attorney General's Office

Informants at Police confirmed the submission of Black Friday case to the Attorney General's Office today. Our contact at Attorney General's Office also confirms this. It is believed that statements of between 10 to 15 persons with their charges have submitted. Among them Mr. Zaki and several other members were included. "

MDP Member Released

X-Ray Athif Released 9-10-04


The Fact has reports that X-Ray Athif has been released this morning. It is believed that he has cooperated fully with the police. Athif was arrested in relation with 12/13 August incident. Athif is married with Ms. Rashthaa, who is the secretary General of Human Rights.



Friday, October 08, 2004

ZAKI GETS DROPPED FROM SAKAROV'S LIST

ZAKI GETS DROPPED FROM SAKAROV'S LIST

08/10/04

Zaki has been dropped from Sakarov's price list and the price goes to a Kurdish woman and Nerj Deva is been questioned why he proposed the name of a biggermist and the person who paid for his holiday in the Maldives.



Ali Abdulla Released

Ali Abdulla Released
08/10/04
Reports
received that Mr. Ali Abdulla of H.Omadhoo has been released. Ali Abdulla is the father of Lailaa Ali, who is married with Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) Ali Abdulla has been a failure of his life. He was in the government for a long time. His recent job was the managing director of Maldives Ports Authority. Ali Abdulla was involved in a theft case during Ibrahim Nasir's presidency. Ali Abdulla is believed one of the masterminds of August 12/13 incident. Unconfirmed reports suggests that he has been financially supporting MDP. His vision is Sikka family to rule the government. Ali Abdulla is believed to be having financial problems
within his family. The famous ALIA has been split now and Ali Abdulla has
nothing but peanuts. His brothers Abbas and Ilyas are brave than him and they
are heading the ALIA business now.


MR LATHEEF TO BE PRESIDENT OR NOT!!

by DM
Mr Latheef claims that he opposes Mr Gayyoom And to proove that , he has formed a political party called MDP. (Maldivian Democratic Party) But our constitution has not passed a bill Stating that a minor party such as the MDP can oppose the President. Thus it is proof that Mr Latheef and his party are "CRIMINALS". He has not yet achieved his post of the "President" and yet he and his party are already proven CRIMINALS in the eyes of the Maldivian judiciary LAW.
My Dear Friends , I can not imagine how criminals can built the future of a nation. CAN YOU?

www.antimdp.com Anti-Maldivian Democratic Party

Ministry of Home Affairs said that the case files of key persons involved in the incidents of 12th and 13th August Would be forwarded to the Attorney General's Office very soon for prosecution.

TVM 05-10-2004

The Ministry of Home Affairs today said that the case files of key persons involved in the incidents of 12th and 13th August Would be forwarded to the Attorney General's Office very soon for prosecution by the State. The Home Ministry went on to note that the investigations of a lot of people detained in relations with the incidents were in their final stages.

The Press Release noted that the investigations were not based primarily on statements given by detainees, but also on witness evidence and other material information. They also noted that, given the nature of the incident and the number of persons involved, the speed of the investigations was not slow.

On the basis of information gathered so far, the Home Ministry Press Released states that the investigations pointed to a violation of the Section of the Penal Code of the Maldives on offences against the State. The Press Release also showed that planning of the offences had taken place both in the Maldives and abroad, and that evidence and information pointed to the involvement of some foreign elements in these activities.

The Press Release of the Ministry of Home Affairs pointed out that the suspects had incited people against the Government, and that they had also sought to enlist foreign support by providing false information about the Maldives. Further, it was noted that the planning of the activities began well ahead of 12th and 13th August. It also states that some candidates who contested the election for the People's Special Majlis appeared to have violated electoral laws.

President reinstates rights and laws suspended following Declaration of Emergency

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday reinstated a number of rights and laws that had been suspended since the Declaration of Emergency. The suspension of rights and laws had been applicable only to those detained in connection with the mob violence in Jumhooree Maidhaan on 12th and 13th August.
The rights and laws that have been reinstated effective yesterday are the fundamental right granted by Article 15 (1) (b) of the Constitution, which states that persons who are detained for periods exceeding twenty-four hours have to be informed of the grounds of arrest or detention, the fundamental right granted by Article 16 (2) of the Constitution, which states that persons who are charged with an offence should be allowed to obtain the assistance of a lawyer during investigation.
Further, the regulation on arrestable and non-arrestable offences, and the rights granted under Article 9 of the Act on the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Act no. 9/91), and Sections 4 and 5 of the Regulation on Juvenile Offenders, have also been reinstated yesterday."

Students tackle crime code grounded in Islamic law

PHILADELPHIA - Professor Paul Robinson's fall seminar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School offered a unique opportunity for the ambitious student: a chance to make law, rather than just study it.

As part of a project sponsored by the United Nations, the class's sole task would be to craft an updated crime code for the Republic of Maldives, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean.

The job would be no exercise. The students would work with high-ranking Maldivian officials. Their final draft would be submitted to the country's parliament. As a bonus, some would get to travel to the tropical archipelago, known for its white beaches, coral reefs and luxurious resorts.

But there was a catch.The students' client would be a regime that has outlawed dissent, jailed pro-democracy demonstrators and been accused by Amnesty International of "endemic torture and unfair trials."

And, the new legal code was to be based on the Shariah, a body of Islamic law that fundamentalist nations have used to subjugate women, crush free religious expression and impose personal behavior laws criminalizing homosexuality, alcohol consumption and sex outside marriage.
To third-year law student Tom Stenson, the situation posed a challenge too important to pass up.

"Is there a way to convince people that there is an Islamic alternative that doesn't include all the unpleasant practices? I think so," he said. "The criminal code that we'd like to present will comply with human rights norms. It will treat men and women equally. I don't think any of us would stand by and create a document that could be used for repression."

Fifty students applied for a seat in the class. Eighteen were accepted and have been immersed in the project for several weeks.
So far, many of the issues they tackled differ little from what they might encounter streamlining law in the West.

Stenson has been working on theft and kidnapping statutes. Other students have been codifying laws regarding fraud, forgery and rules on criminal culpability.

In interviews, several students said they have found little in Islamic law that requires the strict enforcement of centuries-old social norms favored by some Muslim scholars, and much in it that promotes social justice.
Their work doesn't sit well with everyone.

Daniel Pipes, head of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum and a presidential appointee to the U.S. Institute of Peace, said it was a mistake for the class to do anything that could help prop up Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the strongman who has ruled Maldives since 1978.

"It's like working on the criminal law in Saddam Hussein's Iraq," Pipes said.
Pipes, an outspoken critic of militant Islam, called the Shariah incompatible with many western values, including freedom of religion, gender equality and the separation of church and state. He said it should be rejected as a source of state law, "not made prettier."

The criticism hasn't deterred Robinson, who sat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission and has helped several nations revise their legal systems.
He said the brand of Islamic law practiced in Maldives is a far cry from the systems imposed in Saudi Arabia or under the Taliban in Afghanistan.
"Maldivians stopped using the death penalty half a century ago. They don't cut off the hands of thieves. They don't have public stoning of adulterers," he said. "It is probably true that there are going to be differences we don't approve of, but what you have to understand is, they were the ones who decided who to approach and they approached us. That choice, by itself, tells you where they are headed." He said he expects to present a draft code to Maldives by the end of November.

Whether it is ever implemented could depend on the resolution of evolving political tensions in the nation of 278,00 people, 300 miles off the coast of India. On Aug. 13, security forces cracked down after 3,000 pro-democracy demonstrators rallied in the capital. The European Parliament called for sanctions last month to protest the clampdown. Gayoom has insisted he is serious about reform, including constitutional changes that would allow people to join opposition parties.

Thai, German Ambassadors, Nigerian High Commissioner present Credentials to President

The new Ambassadors from Thailand and Germany and the new High Commissioner from Nigeria presented their credentials to President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The new envoys were Ambassador Karn Chiranond of Thailand, Ambassador Jurgen Weerth of Germany and High Commissioner Umar El-Gash Maina from Nigeria.

At separate ceremonies held at the President’s Office yesterday morning, the President and the envoys discussed on avenues of further strengthening the ties between the Maldives and their respective countries. The envoys congratulated the President, the Government and the people of the Maldives, on the degree of development that the country had achieved, despite the lack of natural resources and other constraints typically faced by small island states.

US Ambassador pays courtesy call on President

The US Ambassador to the Maldives, Mr. Jeffrey Lunstead paid a courtesy call on President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday morning. The call was held at the President’s Office.

The President and US Ambassador discussed the close friendly relations that existed between the Maldives and the United States, and ways to further strengthen these relations.

As the Maldives and the United States cooperate in the fight against terrorism, the President handed over to Ambassador Lunstead information received from the Government of a friendly country with regard to potential security threats to the Maldives.

Ambassador Lunstead noted the efforts by the President to implement his 9th June reform agenda, and assured the President on the fullest cooperation by the US in this endeavour.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Blair says 9th June reform proposals will be fitting culmination of Gayoom’s leadership

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that the reform proposals that President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had announced on 9th June were wide-ranging and comprehensive, and that they would be a fitting culmination of his leadership, the President’s Office said Wednesday.

Blair made the statement in his reply to Gayoom’s letter of 22nd August, in which he had briefed the British government on recent political developments in the Maldives. The letter was delivered to the British government by the President’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Hassan Sobir, during his visit to the UK last month.

Blair noted that the Maldives had enjoyed stability, increasing prosperity and impressive development during Gayoom’s tenure. He said that he was encouraged to hear from Gayoom that recent events in the Maldives had not swayed his commitment to the reform process.

Are We To Be Ruled By Whacko And Psychos?

by Santa

Have we come to this stage that we are submitting our selves to be ruled by whacko? Is our government that bad that we would rather hand the helm of the country to a few psychos?

Let us consider some of the people in question? The much applauded Sappe is a sick person with a sadistic mind. One have to see how used to beat his wife before fleeing away to Britain. Who else but a sick sadist will resort to these activities like wife beating in this modern age? He is also known to be having a drinking problem.

Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra) is a known psychiatric case. He is under regular treatment under a psychiatrist for a variety of illness including panic disorders and chronic depression. Reliable sources tell us that while in jail he has been reviewed by a psychiatrist several times. Do we expect him to lead us and play a constructive part in our development? Read More

It Looks like you are trying to run a country!

I regrettably should say that, I have doubts about MDP's political maturity and about their willingness and ability to lead Maldives.

MDP is a party born out of hatred and frustration, and their functioning and working methods reminds me, that of a mentally retarded. They do not have any policies, what so ever, of how would they lead Maldives and virtually have no answer, if not any idea about critical questions like "How will MDP provide employment?", "How will MDP provide a national health care plan?" or "How will MDP establish a drug-free Maldives?”

Being a politician is not an easy task, as after all it is not only cunningness and shrewdness, but it meant that they are leaders or potential leaders. We expect a greater deal of diplomacy, moral and ethical values from them, which we may call leadership qualities. To be a good politician, you must put a great effort and time to your cause, and a "part time politician" who spends all day in his private business office, weekends in his resorts and only attends a couple of "reform debates" during the later part of the evening, is surely not a dedicated politician. Therefore my first question is “Do MDP members portray these values, qualities and dedication?” Read More

The Cabinet discusses ongoing activities on the diplomatic front

The Cabinet today discussed ongoing activities of the Government on the diplomatic front.

The President spoke on recent political events in the country, and briefed members of the Cabinet on the efforts to provide information to friendly countries on the reforms that he was implementing.

The President briefed Cabinet members on the discussions that took place during his telephone conversations with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, as well as his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, during his private visit to Singapore. The President went on to note that he had also spoken on the phone with the former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon. He also briefed members on the efforts of the Government to provide factual information on recent political developments in the Maldives to members of the European Council, prior to their recent discussions on the country.

Members of the Cabinet reflected on the work ahead in implementing the President’s reform agenda.

In today’s meeting, members were briefed by Ambassador Hassan Sobir on his recent visit to London and Brussels to meet with top officials of the European Commission and the European Parliament, and by Ambassador Lieutenant General (Ret.) Anbaree Abdul Sattar on his recent visit to India to enhance relations between the Maldives and India.

The Cabinet discuss ongoing activities on the diplomatic front.

The Cabinet discuss ongoing activities on the diplomatic front.: "The Cabinet today discussed ongoing activities of the Government on the diplomatic front. The President spoke on recent political events in the country, and briefed members of the Cabinet on the efforts to provide information to friendly countries on the reforms that he was implementing.

The President briefed Cabinet members on the discussions that took place during his telephone conversations with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, as well as his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, during his private visit to Singapore.

The President went on to note that he had also spoken on the phone with the former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon. He also briefed members on the efforts of the Government to provide factual information on recent political developments in the Maldives to members of the European Council, prior to their recent discussions on the country.

Members of the Cabinet reflected on the work ahead in implementing the President�s reform agenda.
In today�s meeting, members were briefed by Ambassador Hassan Sobir on his recent visit to London and Brussels to meet with top officials of the European Commission and the European Parliament, and by Ambassador Lieutenant General (Ret) Anbaree Abdul Sattar on his recent visit to India to enhance relations between the Maldives and India. "

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes the Maldivian Government�s request for assistance under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooper

6 Oct 04
The Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Don McKinnon has welcomed the Maldivian Government’s request for assistance under the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, in the implementation of the President’s Constitutional reforms, proposed on the 9th of June.

He said this during a Luncheon held yesterday, in London, in honour of the Foreign Minister, Mr. Fathulla Jameel. The Commonwealth Secretary General said that arrangements will be made as soon as possible in providing the necessary assistance and also welcomed the Government’s invitation to observe the election process of the People’s Majlis to be held at the end of the year.

He also assured the Commonwealth’s support for the Government’s efforts in bringing about constitutional reforms. Mr. Fathulla Jameel also met with the British Minister of State for South Asia, Mr. Douglas Alexander, yesterday.

The meeting was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Mr. Fathulla Jameel provided him a detailed account of the work being done by the Government in bringing about constitutional reforms. Mr. Douglas Alexander welcomed the proposals made by the President in bringing about constitutional reforms and expressed hope that the sessions of the People’s Special Majlis would resume soon, in order to speed up the process of constitutional reforms.

The Counsellor of the Maldivian High Commission in the UK and the Acting High Commissioner, Mr. Adam Hassan and the Second Secretary of the Maldivian High Commission in the UK, Ms. Irthishaam Adam, also attended the meeting.

Maldives grants ICRC access to detainees

6-10-2004 Press Release 04/56

Geneva/New Delhi (ICRC) - On the 5th of October the ICRC and the government of the Maldives signed a memorandum of understanding granting the ICRC access to all persons arrested and detained in the country. The memorandum was signed after the ICRC had offered its services to the Maldivian authorities.Under the terms of the memorandum, the ICRC will begin visiting detainees shortly.The purpose of ICRC visits is to monitor the conditions of detention and treatment of detainees with the aim of ensuring respect for their physical and psychological integrity and, if necessary, to help restore contact between detainees and their families. The ICRC's findings and reports are submitted only to the authorities concerned.ICRC visits are conducted in accordance with a set of standard procedures, including private interviews with detainees of the ICRC's choice, repeated visits and the registration of detainees. In 2003 ICRC delegates visited close to 470,000 people held in over 1,900 places of detention in some 80 countries around the world.

Latheef Is The Kingpin Behind Terrorism And Drug Trafficking In Maldives

We Maldivians have a proud history of retaining our independence against externalattacks. Our downfall has always been due to the treasonous activities of a few self interested individuals. Our downfall has always been due to the treasonous activities of a few self interested individuals. Our political and economic independence is currently threatened due to the treasonous plots of powerhungry fat cats, led by the closet mullah Latheef. The kingpin behind a vast money laundering and drug trafficking network, Latheef, is affectionately known as Mussolini to his gangsters. The militant fundamentalist branch of the Latheef Mafia, the Muslim Brotherhood of Maldives, is fronted by strident fundamentalist, Ibrahim Fareed . Fareed, and most of his terrorist organizations, are assassins trained in Pakistan who are actively engaged in Latheef's racket. Read More

Using the issue of asylum seeking for political leverage

Using the issue of asylum seeking for political leverage

Last year UK Home Office released figures that have shown a 32 percent fall in the number of people applying for asylum in Britain in the first three months of this year, down from 23,000 to 16,000. Government officials say that the UK has ''turned the corner'' in dealing with this ''problem'', and that Britain was now ''on track'' to meeting its target of halving the number of asylum seeking applicants by September.

The language and focus that is being shown to the destitute and desperate, who fear for their lives and flee their homes to seek shelter, is nothing short of tyranny. This is the ugly nature and face of Capitalist politics, where economic concerns are put before humanity altogether. One could make an analogy to the situation of asylum seekers, and describe ageing pensioners as a ''problem'', due to the drain on the economy that they create. Should Capitalist governments try and reduce this ''problem'' by speeding up the final days of their lives? This is an ugly but pertinent analogy, since asylum seekers didn't choose to flee their homes any more than pensioners decided to get old. Both pensioners and asylum seekers are a fact of the current reality; people are living longer, and oppressive regimes exist (incidentally installed by the West). Read More

.::The Truth ::.

The British Prime Minister says the 9th June reform proposals will be a fitting culmination of President Gayoom's leadership
6 October 2004

The British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair has said that the reform proposals that President Gayoom had announced on 9th June were wide-ranging and comprehensive, and that they would be a fitting culmination of his leadership.

Prime Minister Blair made the statement in his reply to President Gayoom's letter of 22nd August, in which he had briefed the British Government on recent political developments in the Maldives. The letter was delivered to the British Government by the President's Special Envoy, Mr. Hassan Sobir, during his visit to the UK last month.

Prime Minister Blair noted that the Maldives had enjoyed stability, increasing prosperity and impressive development during President Gayoom's tenure. He said that he was encouraged to hear from the President that recent events in the Maldives had not swayed his commitment to the reform process. "

The Independent Parent: Where can we take our family to swim with wild dolphins?

05 October 2004
Q. I would like to take my daughter, son-in-law, and their children on a "swimming with dolphins" holiday. We are not keen to go to America (where the dolphins have been trained to perform) but would ideally like somewhere relatively quiet, where they are in a natural environment. Our party will consist of three adults and four children (two seven year-old twins and an 11- and 12-year-old) and we are all strong swimmers.
(Read More)

Maldives Fastest Growing Online Community

"political parties mediate da relationship between citizens and their government. in democracies with competitive party systems, political parties pressure government to respond to da needs and interests of broad segments of da population. in more authoritarian governments, parties offer a structure for directing and conditioning da behavior of individual citizens.

if this is happenin da way it shud, why not all of us welcome party system in maldives, when u all can benefit from it?"

President says he regrets smear campaign by Maldivian dissidents abroad

MALE, Oct 5 -- President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Sunday night said that the people were determined to sustain progress in all fields. Speaking at the “Tourism Evening 2004” held at the Maldives Centre for Social Education, the President said that he regretted that the smear campaign targeted at disrupting the tourism industry in the Maldives was being orchestrated by a handful of Maldivian dissidents residing abroad.

The President noted that those persons were engaged in a campaign to disrupt the country’s economy, by spreading misinformation on the mob violence in Male on 12th and 13th August in the international media. He went on to point out that the recent European Parliament Resolution on the Maldives was also influenced by the gross misinformation given by these dissidents.

The President reaffirmed that the government would work towards ensuring the welfare of the people and to maintain the global reputation of the Maldives. On this subject, the President also noted that the government was effectively countering this malicious campaign, and that the results of these efforts were also being seen. He expressed his satisfaction that both the European Commission and the European Council had taken a more positive stance on this matter.

Prepared for Psychological game "Until the victory, forever"

I was thinking about sports psychology when I watched David Backham fail with his penalty kick in the opening match of Euro 2004, England v. France. The thought that immediately irritated my mind was that he and Fabein Barthez were teammates at Manchester United for many years and they must have competed
against each other in practice on dozens, if not hundreds of occasions.

They must have talked about the art of dead-ball kicking, penalty taking etc. Barthez must have known all the styles of Backham’s thoughts when taking a penalty and, behold the opportunity comes along to test that theory. Barthez duly made a
superb save. I wondered why; if you believe in psychology and planning, Backham was made/allowed-call it what you will-to take that kick. It was surly a psychological mistake, magnified a thousand fold by the fact that it was saved.


But back to politics, we start assembling at Jumhooree Park in last August 12th night and stayed there peacefully until government police brutally disperse the crowd on the next day. This was the biggest demonstration ever held in the country, perhps the highest amount of young Maldivian participation against to the Government. It was magnificent when government starts responding to the crowds positively and from that point crowd is psychologically mistaken and did not prepared for the consequence and the result is the government taking control
of the crowed sending mob group into the peaceful demonstrators and making headlines "Black Friday.

There is a reason for everything. If we did something and fail to achieve the reason, then understandably we did something wrong or inefficiently. Therefore I must ask from the freedom activist arrange one more demonstration with psychologically prepared and planned and you can really make a difference and you will find the highest form of solidarity and loyalty among those who are alone and desperate.

EU’s attempt to impose economic restriction on Maldives based on unobserved and

We believe, these unanswered questions lead EU’s movement to many unpleasant assumptions which EU shall therefore be concerned and review its unjust, improper and premature approach to enforce economic restrictions on the Maldives at this very critical situation. EU shall further realize that the people of Maldives [the majority] would never stand in favor of EU’s current resolution even though a handful of dissidents are fully cooperative with EU to achieve their self-centered objectives resultant from their greed for power and personal grudge. [Read more]


No boundaries can hold us!??? - The other side of the Coin!

Abdull Salaam

No boundaries can hold us!??? - the satanic dogma on DO
Are you conceiving the freedom of religion and the cooperation of Christendom or what?
Are we not united??? We the Maldivian are Muslims!!! Are you looking for anther unification that Islam?
Dear Sons! Can we have a better guidance other than Islam or a better truth than the Qur'an. (Read More...)

Daily Forecast

Location: Male Airport, Maldives
Currently: 27° Passing clouds. Warm.
Current Temp: 27° C
Wind/Dir: 15 kmh/W
Humidity: 89%
Dew Point: 25° C
Baro Pressure: 1011.18 mb
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Updated: 02:57:33 MVT

President felicitates Egyptian President

President felicitates Egyptian President
5 Oct 04
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of felicitations to the President of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, on the occasion of the anniversary of the great victory of the Egyptian armed forces in the battle of 6th October.
In the message, the President conveyed warm greetings and sincere good wishes to President Mubarak, the Government and people of Egypt. The President expressed his satisfaction that the brotherly ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between the Maldives and Egypt had continued to expand for the mutual benefit of the two peoples."

New problems found with regard to detainees, says Human Rights Commission

New problems found with regard to detainees, says Human Rights Commission
04 October 2004
The Human Rights Commission, after paying a second visit on 22 September to detainees who were arrested following the illegal gathering at the Republic Square in Male on 12 and 13 August, said that the commission has found new problems that should be corrected by the government. However, in a press release on 23 September, HRC did not reveal the nature of these problems but said that the commission will soon ask the government to correct them.

HRC also noted that the government had corrected most problems HRC members had identified when it visited Maafushi and Dhoonidhoo detention centers during HRC members� first visit there on 23 August.

There was a spat of sorts between the HRC and the Home Ministry earlier when the HRC released its findings from the August 23 visit almost a month later on 20 September. The Home Ministry the next day, 21 September, said that the government had corrected the problems identified by the HRC from its 23 August visit.

In the latest press release, in addition to not disclosing what new problems the HRC had identified after its second visit, HRC also did not disclose what problems the government had corrected following the recommendations the HRC had made after its first visit.

HRC in its press release said that it was its wish to see the State of Emergency imposed by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom since 13 August following the illegal gathering at the Republic Square be lifted as soon as possible because it has now been over a month since the State of Emergency was in force and that the existence of the State of Emergency was withholding basic rights of the detainees."

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The President's Office, Maldives

An Assistant Executive Director appointed at the Ministry of Atolls Development
5 October 2004

Mr. Ahmed Rasheed of Maafannu Niyami has been appointed as Assistant Executive Director at the Ministry of Atolls Development. He was serving as Atoll Chief of South Huvadhu Atoll.

In other changes to senior Government posts, Mr. Maizan Ali Manik of Henveiru Isdhoo was appointed as Director General at the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Abdul Haseeb of Maafannu Kuredhige was appointed as Internal Auditor at the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company, and Mr. Bandhru naseer of Machchangolhi Thiburoazuge was appointed as Director General at the Voice of Maldives.

Are We To Be Ruled By Whacko And Psychos?

Are We To Be Ruled By Whacko And Psychos?
by Santa http://www.themaldivian.org/

Have we come to this stage that we are submitting our selves to be ruled by whacko? Is our government that bad that we would rather hand the helm of the country to a few psychos?

Let us consider some of the people in question? The much applauded Sappe is a sick person with a sadistic mind. One have to see how used to beat his wife before fleeing away to Britain. Who else but a sick sadist will resort to these activities like wife beating in this modern age? He is also known to be having a drinking problem.

Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra) is a known psychiatric case. He is under regular treatment under a psychiatrist for a variety of illness including panic disorders and chronic depression. Reliable sources tell us that while in jail he has been reviewed by a psychiatrist several times. Do we expect him to lead us and play a constructive part in our development?

Mr Gogo Latheef is suffering form a psychiatric condition called “illusion of grandeur”. Among other things he proclaimed himself to be the president of a party him and a few friends put together in a run down house in neighboring Sri Lanka and trying to project that as a significant political party.

Jeniffer Latheef is acutely paranoid. She thinks that half the world is after her sex. Thus we keep on hearing stories of sexual abuse always related to Jeniifer. I leave it to the readers to ponder why we don’t hear stories of sex abuse related to any other female who have been jailed. Why is it always Jennifer Latheef when it comes to sex abuse?

Nasheed (Anni) is suffering from a psychiatric condition called Kleptomania. Medical dictionaries describe kleptomania “as a pathologically strong desire to steal, often in the absence of any strong desire for the stolen object and is sometimes associated with depression”. How else will you explain his petty thefts form Velaanaage. The government should never have prosecuted him for that crime but instead should have given him compulsory psychiatric treatment. Too bad our laws do not allow it. Above all, should we trust a man like this with our national treasury?

Our very near and dear famous Buruma was hospitalized with stressed induced ischemia. He could not take the stress it seems and went to acute depression and had to be reviewed by a psychiatrist in hospital.

The jail in Dhoonodhoo had been maintained for decades. So has been the jail in Maafushi. But sources tell me that there have never been so much psychiatric problems in those jails before. This is happening at a time when they are given the best of conditions under close observation of our very “unbiased and fair” human rights commission. Can you believe that some like Buruma are living in their own air-conditioned rooms in jail? We see these types of privileges given only in films when gangsters with the caliber of Al Capone are jailed. Even under these conditions I am told that some of them are trying to blackmail the authorities with attempts of suicide.

I am told that there is a psychiatric condition called “inability to cope with stress”. If this, so called pro-democracy, crowd are not able to take this much stress I wonder what they will do at the helm of this country. Perhaps they don’t fathom what it is like to run a country. They just see the president’s place and the launch. They don’t see beyond that, the type of work involved and the type of schedule that has to be maintained to run a country. Can Sappe do this drunk?

In spite of these I would not like to discriminate them on the basis of their sick minds. They should be given an equal and fair opportunity even if they wanted to run for public office. But I call on the Government to seriously get them reviewed and treated by a psychiatrist while in custody. And I call on the individuals to accept that they have serious psychiatric issues and that they should get themselves treated at the earliest.

05/10/04