Coconut detained in Maldives over vote-rigging claims

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A coconut has been detained by Maldivian police on suspicion of vote-rigging in a key presidential election.


The coconut, described as "young", was found near a school that will be used as a polling station on Saturday on the remote Kaafu atoll, one of the hundreds of islands that comprise the Indian Ocean archipelago state.

Though the population of the Maldives is Sunni Muslim, continuing belief in magic is widespread in rural areas. Coconuts are often used in rituals and inscribed with spells.

The hundreds of thousands of international tourists who travel to the Maldives usually stay in isolated resorts and have no contact with local people other than staff.

The local Minivan news website reported that police "took the coconut into their possession" around 7.05am on Tuesday, after they received a complaint about the suspicious fruit near the school on the Guraidhoo Island, which lies 130 miles from the capital, Male, and has a population of around 2,000.

Written By: Jason Burke
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  1. A coconut was the vehicle to warn folks (koranic verse in Arabic) not to use black magic in the upcoming election – and that their polling stations would be monitored. Now folks are worried and want more police, yet black magic has been a pox on schools in the past. Magician assured that said coconut was faux. My head hurts.

    no arrests have been made

    How does one put handcuffs on a coconut?

  2. During questioning they first tried to milk the coconut for its motive without success. So finally they squeezed it for answers, the coconut cracked under the pressure and spilled its guts.

    • In reply to #7 by Aztek:

      During questioning they first tried to milk the coconut for its motive without success. So finally they squeezed it for answers, the coconut cracked under the pressure and spilled its guts.

      And don’t forget: this is the Maldives. If it is found to be guilty, it will be whipped to a pulp and put away for a long time

  3. This is just as crazy as the Stork that was recently arrested outside Cairo for spying! Apparently said Stork was captured and taken into custody by a local who noticed electronic equipment on its back together with an antenna.The stork was handed over to the police and charged.
    It turns out the Stork was part of a migration tracking program initiated in France. And these loons (excuse the pun) want to establish a world wide caliphate! jcw

    • In reply to #10 by Booska:

      Yeah, that’s the guiltiest looking coconut I’ve ever seen. I mean, just look at him!

      There are two of them! … I move to dismiss Brooska’s testimony as being completely unreliable.

      Next, In the identification parade …

  4. “Though the population of the Maldives is Sunni Muslim, continuing belief in magic is widespread in rural areas”
    Don’t you mean ‘because the population of the Maldives is Sunni Muslim there is a continuing belief in magic that is widespread in rural areas’?

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