Maldives arrests ex-leader on terrorism charges

23 February 2015 - 76   - 0

(AFP) Police in the Maldives on Sunday (Feb 22) arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed under an anti-terror law for the alleged illegal detention of a judge when he was in power more than three years ago. Nasheed, the country's first democratically-elected president, was taken into custody in the capital island of Male, police said. As he was being taken to the nearby Dhoonidhoo prison islet, hundreds of his supporters clashed with police who used pepper spray to keep them at bay. He came to power in 2008 and stepped down four years later following a police and military mutiny. An arrest warrant against Nasheed, seen by AFP, described him as a flight risk. Last week the state prosecutor dropped charges of abuse of power against Nasheed for allegedly ordering the arrest of the then-criminal court chief judge Abdullah Mohamed in January 2012. However Nasheed was charged again Sunday under tougher anti-terrorism laws with the same allegation - ordering the arrest and detention of Abdullah Mohamed, who had been accused of corruption. Nasheed's office accused the government of "re-prosecuting... under trumped-up charges of terrorism". "There is little hope President Nasheed can be afforded anything approaching a fair trial," it said in a statement. Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party urged the international community to press the government of President Abdulla Yameen to order his release. The local Minivan news website said four others -- including the current Defence Minister Moosa Ali Jaleel, who in 2012 was chief of defence forces under Nasheed -- also faced terrorism charges along with the opposition leader. The case is due to be heard on Monday afternoon, Minivan said. In February 2013 Nasheed took refuge at the Indian High Commission (embassy) in Male to avoid being arrested in connection with the same case. He lost the controversial November 2013 presidential election to the half-brother of former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had ruled the Indian Ocean atoll nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims for three decades.

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