Majlis’ Ibthihaal investigation postponed until end of recess

The Majlis committee investigating the death of 3-year-old Mohamed Ibthihaal will wait until the house reconvenes in March before holding further meetings.

Chair of the Majlis government oversight committee Riyaz Rasheed told Haveeru that there was “no point” and that “nothing further that can be achieved”, accusing fellow committee member Rozaina Adam of releasing confidential documents.

“I specifically asked the members of the committee at its last meeting to not make any of these documents public,” said the Progressive Party of Maldives MP.

Since the committee’s first meeting was held on February 5 was adjourned to give members more time to study the case’s documents, opposition Maldivian Democratic Party MP Rozaina has accused Rasheed of slowing the committee’s work.

She has also told the media that the documents received from the police contained no details of the toddler’s case prior to his death, despite authorities acknowledging that they were previously aware of his abuse.

Last Thursday, she went on to say that the gender ministry’s report contained  questionable statements, alleging that both the ministry and police had acted in breach of the law.

Ibthihaal was found dead in his home with numerous wounds and bruises on the island of Vaavu Atoll Rakeedhoo on January 28. His mother is mother is charged with murder and is in police custody awaiting further investigation.

Riyaz reiterated that. while parliament’s involvement has been temporarily brought to a halt, the government is looking into the matter and taking necessary action to prevent further incidents of the kind.

Source: Haveeru


Government transfers paralysed Indian woman to Guraidhoo Special Needs Home

The Ministry of Law and Gender has temporarily transferred an Indian woman suffering from paralysis below the waist to the Home for People with Special Needs on Guraidhoo Island.

The woman had married a Maldivian man 23 years ago, but her husband died two months ago, leaving her in the care of her husband’s niece, local media have reported

She had been living alone in a rented room, but her landlord had told her she must leave by Thursday as she could no longer afford rent.

Speaking to Haveeru, Deputy Minister of Gender Mohamed Zahid said the ministry is in discussions with the Foreign Ministry and the Indian High Commission to transport the woman to her family in India.