Maldives crisis:Mohamed Nasheed urges Indian military intervention

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Maldives crisis:Mohamed Nasheed seeks Indian military intervention

Colombo/Male: MNN:Maldives crisis, Three Maldives Supreme Court justices on Tuesday annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians,

After two of the court’s justices were arrested amid a political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

Exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed today urged India to “act swiftly” to help in resolving the ongoing Maldives crisis.

The escalated after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and troops arrested the top judge.

The archipelago was plunged into chaos when the Supreme Court called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, ruling that their trials were politically motivated and flawed.

The government refused to implement the ruling, prompting a wave of protests in the capital, Male, with angry clashes between police and demonstrators.

Three Maldives Supreme Court justices on Tuesday annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians

After two of the court’s justices were arrested amid a political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

The new ruling came as President Yameen Abdul Gayoom moved to assert his power over the court, declaring a state of emergency and ordering security forces to raid the court compound where they arrested the justices.

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Yameen Abdul Gayoom yesterday declared a state of emergency.

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the government declared a state of emergency.

No details were given about the investigation or any charges.

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has allied himself with the Opposition, was detained at his home.

Nasheed, whose Maldivian Democratic Party functions from Colombo, asked for India’s help.

Mohamed Nasheed urged India to “act swiftly” to resolve the crisis.

President Yameen’s announcement — which declares a state of emergency, the banning of fundamental freedoms,

and the suspension of the Supreme Court is tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives.

This declaration is unconstitutional and illegal.

Nobody in the Maldives is required to, nor should, follow this unlawful order, Nasheed said.

Nasheed also expressed concern over Yameen’s deliberate delay in implementing the Supreme Court ruling to immediately release political prisoners.

This deliberate refusal by the government to uphold the Constitution further destabilises the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean security, Nasheed said.

Mohamed Nasheed was narrowly defeated in 2013 by President Yameen.

Nasheed said his conviction on terror charges was politically motivated.

Mohamed Nasheed, 50, the country’s first democratically-elected leader – was sentenced to 13 years in jail on terror charges in March 2015 over the arbitrary arrest of chief criminal judge Abdullah Muhammed during his presidency.

He was granted asylum in the UK after he was authorized to seek medical treatment there amid mounting foreign pressure.

The Maldivian government holds that Nasheed is convicted for a crime and is wanted in the Maldives to serve a jail sentence.

Nasheed said he will seek UN support to ensure he is allowed to contest.

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