Parliament approved the Maldives acceding to the United Nations (UN) Convention against Transnational Organised Crime following consideration by committee on Monday (December 17) .
Transnational crimes specified in the convention include terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal migration, fraud, kidnapping, money laundering, and human trafficking.
Once the convention is officially signed, the specified crimes committed by a Maldivian or foreign national can be prosecuted in Maldivian courts.
Also at Monday’s sitting, MPs passed a resolution calling on the government to issue without delay MVR 100 million (US$6.4 million) allocated for fuel subsidies to fishermen from the 2012 state budget.
A bill proposed by pro-government Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed to specify circumstances where state benefits could be denied to ex-Presidents was meanwhile rejected after preliminary debate.