Former Maldivian President sentenced to 19 months in prison

Later the three remaining Supreme Court judges overturned their previous decision to release the political prisoners. (Courtesy AP) A court sentenced him to one year, seven months and six days in prison for failing to hand over his mobile phone to investigators. Two Supreme Court judges, Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed, who were arrested with Gayoom, were also given the same sentences for the same offence on Wednesday. Yameen’s former vice-president, Ahmed Adeeb, two former defence ministers, a prosecutor general and opposition lawmakers are among those who have been jailed during Yameen’s tenure. All of the trials have been criticised for alleged lack of fairness.With all of his potential opponents either in jail or in exile, Yameen is preparing to run for re-election in September virtually unopposed.A five-member Supreme Court bench in February ordered the release and retrial of Nasheed and other prisoners, calling their sentences politically motivated. Saeed and Hameed previously had been given similar jail sentences for allegedly influencing lower court decisions. A Maldives court on Wednesday sentenced a former strongman accused of plotting to overthrow the government to 19 months in prison for failing to cooperate with a police investigation.Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Indian Ocean archipelago state from 1978 to 2008, is the second former president to be jailed under President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s rule. He was arrested in February on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of Yameen, his half-brother. Maldives, known for its expensive tourist resorts, became a multiparty democracy in 2008, ending Gayoom’s 30-year strongman rule. However, Yameen, who was elected in 2013, has rolled back much of the democratic gains.Mohamed Nasheed, who was the country’s first freely elected president in 2008, was earlier given a 13-year sentence in a trial widely criticised for due-process violations. However, he was granted asylum in Britain when he went there on leave from prison for medical treatment. However, Yameen declared a state of emergency and had Saeed, Hameed, and Gayoom arrested. read more

Brantford woman assaulted by thief during robbery

Brantford police are investigating after a woman was assaulted when she confronted a man who was breaking into her back shed.Officers were called to a home on Cayuga St. shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.A 30-year-old woman told police she had found someone breaking into the rear shed at her home. The woman confronted the man and was assaulted. “The suspect had taken two bikes from the shed and when discovered by the homeowner, began to hit her with them,” said Brantford police in a news release.A second woman who lives at the home heard the commotion and went to help. The man fled the area with the stolen bikes. Community Patrol Officers found the suspect with the stolen property a short distance away. A 21-year-old-Brantford male is charged with theft, possession of stolen property, assault with a weapon and breach of probation. He was held for a bail hearing. read more