Former Maldivian President arrested

Police in the Maldives have arrested the country’s former President Mohamed Nasheed following his failure to appear in a court over charges of abuse of power.

"President Nasheed was grabbed from protesting supporters, arrested and being taken away from Fares-Mathoda said Nasheed’s party spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor.

The Maldives’ police said it received a court order to arrest the former president on October 9, 2012.

The Maldives' first democratically-elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, was formally charged with illegally ordering the arrest of a senior judge in July, a move that led to his ouster earlier this year.

Nasheed, however, says the court order is a pre-planned drive to bar him from running for the next elections.

In January, Nasheed ordered the military to arrest the chief judge of the country's criminal court, accusing him of political bias and corruption.

Meanwhile, the murder of one of Nasheed's critics Afrasheem Ali last week added fuel to the tensions with the police, which arrested one of the associates of Nasheed over the murder.

If convicted, the former leader may face three years in prison or a 3,000-Maldives Rufiyaa fine.

The former president handed power to Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik on February 7 after three weeks of opposition-led protests boiled over into a police mutiny.

Yet, he says he was removed from his position by a military coup, a claim rejected by the country’s national commission.

Nasheed took office in 2008 and pledged to bring full democracy to the Indian Ocean archipelago.


0 #1 2012-10-08 15:20
very soon in srilanka

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