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

Ohio State mens volleyball looks to halt 5game skid against Quincy Lindenwood

Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous (4) and freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) block the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Jonathan McCallister / Lantern photographerIn hopes to bust out of a five-match slump, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team returns home to St. John Arena to take on two Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association teams this weekend.“In order to do well, we can’t have guys underperforming, and I think that has been a main contributor to the slump we are in,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said. “We have guys that have played extremely well in matches, but no one has played that well for the entire time.”The Buckeyes have been working diligently to end the skid, Henchy said, and playing together as a team is how they are going to achieve it.“We are a team to beat when we play up to our best potential, but we need every guy on the team to perform at that level,” Henchy said.OSU is scheduled to host Quincy (12-13, 0-9) — a private liberal arts Catholic university in Quincy, Ill. — Friday and Lindenwood (19-6, 4-5) — located in Saint Charles, Mo. — Saturday. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m.Even though OSU tallied a win against the Lions and Hawks in previous matchups this season, junior middle blocker Dustan Neary said every team improves over the course of the season. Because of that, the Buckeyes cannot go into these matches expecting an easy victory.“We have already beaten them both once. This week in practice we are staying very focused and working hard. We are not taking any team lightly right now,” Neary said.OSU beat Quincy 3-0 and Lindenwood 3-1 on the road in January.Coach Pete Hanson said the team is ready to play these two matches at its home court, and it will be taking full advantage of the heightened energy and enthusiasm in St. John Arena.“I don’t think we need to go outside the box to create any more strategies to beat these teams,” Hanson said. “We just have to execute better, play at a higher level with more intensity, and do the things we have been talking about all season long.”OSU took into consideration the strengths of both teams during practice this week, and will be preparing for the matches accordingly. The team is expecting a good game against Lindenwood. Quincy however, should be an easy win for the Buckeyes, Henchy said.“Lindenwood is very aggressive — it is going to be up to our passers to keep us consistent and to make sure we control the pace of the game. And for Quincy, I think that our team is ready for them, we have better talent, better work ethic and better effort than they do,” he said.Henchy said although this season it has not shown much, the Buckeyes’ biggest strength is their potential.“We have the ability to do everything at a very high level — we were just lacking the consistency this season,” he said.“I do think that we are a better team than these guys, we had a great practice this week, and I think if we continue that trend, play like I know we can and stay focused, this weekend will be something that our alumni will be proud of,” he Henchy said. read more