Maldivian opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed was arrested on Monday following a court order.
The Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) said that Nasheed was arrested and taken away by the police while he was taking part in a political rally on an island.
“He was arrested today right n front of our eyes,” MDP activist Shauna Aminath told the Colombo Gazette.
Earlier today the Maldivian Democratic Party, in a statement, said it was deeply disturbed and worried by the court warrant issued to arrest the Party’s Presidential Candidate and the Maldives’ first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, and produce him to a widely disputed court.
The court order was issued by the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on 7 October, Sunday, while Nasheed had appealed the legality of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court with the High Court on Sunday and the appeal process has not yet been exhausted.
“We are currently on presidential campaign trail by boats in the Southern atolls. This trip has been organized for months and immediately after the dates of the trip were announced, the courts decided to summon our candidate to a court that is unlawfully established. Leading experts and lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of this court” MDP spokesperson for international affairs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said.
Report by Easwaran Rutnam