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The Failed Silent Coup: in defeat they reached for the gun
book by Aishath Velezinee,
English translation by Azra Naseem - PDF - 11.8 MB download
published in Male', Maldives 2012
from the Introduction:
"This book tells the story of what happened inside the Maldives Judicial Service Commission. It is the story of how the commission betrayed the State in the reappointment of judges.
It is the story of how, under the control of influential members of parliament, the Commission created the conditions for major atrocities to be committed within it...
This is the story of how a silent coup failed. And it is the story of the relations and connections between this silent coup in the judiciary and the coup that forcibly removed President Mohamed Nasheed from power on 7 February 2012."


Aishath Velezinee




Aishath Velezinee served as the parliament-appointed People's member at Judicial Service Commission from April to July 2009, and as the President's member at the Commission from July 2009 to May 2011.

Velezinee worked in government from May 1986 to July 2005. From 2005 to 2009, she worked as editor of current affairs magazine Adduvas and in civil society, the 2008 presidential campaign of Gasim Ibrahim, and in the Male' office of UNFPA.

She last served as deputy Minister of Home Affairs from October 2011 until her dismissal by Dr. Waheed on 8 February 2012.

Velezinee holds a Master's degree from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, and a BA in Government, and in Women's Studies from the University of Queensland, St.Lucia, Australia. She also holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, India.




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