Former Maldives FM seeks justice after brothers sentencing

”I sincerely hope that our justice system will serve proper justice and both my father and brother will be reunited with the family soon. My family and I thank all those who have extended prayers and well wishes during this painful and difficult time” the statement quoted Dunya as tweeting.Faris Maumoon was instrumental in setting up the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and winning the Digharu province bi election that consolidated the power of the incumbent President Yameen’s Government.Since declaring state of emergency in February last year, President Yameen’s Government has arrested 9 of Gayoom’s allies including Gayoom himself, his son Faris Maumoon and son in law Ahmed Nadheem on various charges. With the presidential election set for 23rd September this year, Yameen regime’s continued harassment of opposition has received negative criticism from the international community including USA, UK, EU and India. Faris Maumoon had been detained since February last year on the charges of identity fraud, bribery and terrorism after Gayoom’s failed attempt to challenge President Yameen’s parliamentary majority by joining forces with the opposition. Faris will be facing separate trials for bribery and terrorism charges leveled against him in the coming days.Dunya Maumoon, the former foreign minister of Maldives and Faris Maumoon’s sister had expressed her grief over the difficult times her family is going through, a press release issued today on behalf of Dunya Maumoon said. The latest development is reported just two weeks after Abdul Gayoom himself was sentenced to 19 months in prison for obstruction of justice and attempting to overthrow a legal Government. Former Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has sought justice for her family after her brother became her latest family member to be sentenced to prison.Faris Maumoon, Maldivian MP and Former President Maumon Abdul Gayoom’s Son, was sentenced to 4 months and 24 days in prison on 27th June by the Maldive’s criminal court on the charges of identity fraud. The Australian High Commission in a recently issued statement expressed their concerns over ”actions taken by the Maldives Government that undermine democracy and democratic institutions and reduce the prospect that the upcoming Presidential Election can be free and fair”.Australia called on the ”Maldives Government to release political prisoners and permit legitimate opposition activity, which is essential for any election to be credible”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

British Army Commanding Officer suspended over unsafe use of kit

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A British army officer has been summoned back from a training exercise in Canada over the alleged “unsafe” use of military equipment.The Commanding Officer of The Royal Dragoon Guards has been temporarily suspended from his position whilst an investigation is conducted.The officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ben Watts, has been flown back from Exercise Prairie Storm and will be have to explain himself to the Commander of 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade. His position will be filled by the unit Second-in Command for the duration of the inquiry.The investigation is looking into the inappropriate use of smoke dischargers that are used to simulate explosions.  These items are normally placed around the training area in Canada – seven times larger that Salisbury Plain – and are designed to be manually set off by training staff. The Telegraph understands some modifications may have been made to the smoke dischargers which could have made them unsafe.Lt Col Watts will be asked if he knew of, or directed, the alleged equipment modifications. The probe is not expected to last more than a week.An Army spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a Commanding Officer has been suspended whilst an investigation takes place, in line with normal practice.” The Royal Dragoon Guards, normally based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, deployed to Canada on May 15 to act as the enemy force for other units to ‘fight’ against in a series of wargames over the next few months.The British Army uses the area in Canada to practice military drills. Given the sparse location and lack of civilians it provides training opportunities on a scale that is not achievable in the UK.The Royal Dragoon Guards is an armoured reconnaissance unit tasked with operating ahead of other forces to find the enemy and seek out safe routes. The Regiment is an amalgamation of four previous cavalry regiments, that date back to 1685.One former Officer was Captain Oates who famously walked from his tent to his death, so as not to burden his comrades, during Robert Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, allegedly saying ‘I’m just going outside for a walk. I may be some time’. read more