MMA extends deadline for submissions for bank note designs

The Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has extended the deadline of design and layout submissions for redesigning Maldivian bank notes from November 30 to December 31.

The authority had previously received more than 60 submissions from 55 individuals but decided to restart the process after the designs were deemed unsuitable for bank notes.

An MMA official said today (November 20) that the authority announced the November 30th deadline with new guidelines but decided to extend it after consulting with various artists.

The official also explained the selection process in which six of the best proposals will be presented to the relevant officials who would then select a further three who would subsequently playing a vital role in a committee designing the notes.

The team is to design seven bank notes in total with the six going into current circulation and a further special commemorative design made celebrate the 50th anniversary of Maldivian independence.


Prosecutor General’s Office appeals Criminal Court’s release of PPM Council Member arrested for assault

The Prosecutor General (PG)’s Office has appealed the Criminal Court’s decision not to extend the detention of Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Council Member Ahmed ‘Maaz’ Saleem for alleged assault.

Saleem was released on Sunday (July 14), the day following his arrest, after police “obtained information necessary for the investigation”, a police spokesperson told newspaper Haveeru.

However some of the individuals arrested after the alleged assault on a ferry captain remain in police custody, following the Criminal Court’s extension of their detention, according to local media.

The PG’s Office called for Saleem to be arrested during the appeal hearing held at the High Court this morning (July 21).

“He was arrested and brought in front of the Criminal Court judge. The judge believed him and ordered his release,” High Court Spokesperson Ameen Faisal told Minivan News today (July 21).

“The Prosecutor General again called for his arrest, which is basically how an appeal case goes on, especially regarding detention,” explained Faisal.

He confirmed that the ruling for Saleem’s detention case is scheduled tomorrow (July 22) at 10:30am.

The Criminal Court and Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector Hassan Haneef were not responding to calls at time of press.

Saleem and three other men were arrested over the alleged assault of an airport ferry captain Saturday (July 13). Saleem allegedly instructed the group to attack the ferry captain after accusing him of stealing a bag containing an iPad, according to a police account of the incident in local media.

Following the alleged assault, police took Saleem and his three companions into custody, as well as the injured ferry captain.

“We have received information that Saleem accused the captain of stealing the bag. He then got off the ferry and returned with a group and assaulted the captain,” a police spokesperson told Haveeru.

PPM MP Ahmed Nihan said the reported arrest of Saleem was a personal matter and was not anything to do with the party.

He said that he had been informed of the arrest at about 12:25am by a party supporter that “something went wrong” outside at the jetty near the Nasandhura Palace Hotel involving a computer or tablet device, but had no further details at time of press.

Nihan added that Saleem had not been directly involved with PPM campaigning since the party’s primary election earlier this year, that saw MP Abdulla Yameen elected as its presidential candidate.


Criminal Court 15-day recess to begin tomorrow

The Maldives Criminal Court will begin a scheduled 15-day recess tomorrow (June 16), during which no trials are expected to be conducted, according to local media.

Haveeru has reported that while the court will continue to perform administrative duties and rule on custody extensions during this period, no trials will be conducted except for emergency cases.


Detention extended for suspects charged with threatening Judge Abdulla Mohamed

The Criminal Court has extended the detention of two men arrested on suspicion of harassing and threatening Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed for a further 15 days.

Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef said Wednesday (August 22) that the court has extended the detention of both men by 15 days in order to further investigate the charges against them.

The two men were arrested on charges of having harassed Judge Abdulla Mohamed on his personal trip to Raa Atoll Maakurathu on August 17.  They have been in police custody since then.