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The Maldives; a country without justice

Can you imagine a country without a court? That’s how we were, says Aishath Velezinee. As a member of the Judicial Service Commission she was in charge of reforming the Maldives’ judicial system after years of dictatorship. But the country’s brief period of democracy didn’t last. This February democratically elected president Nasheed was ousted in a coup.  “Before we elected Nasheed we removed a dictator,” Velezinee says, “but we failed to remove his regime.”