Nasheed cancels meeting in Colombo following threats

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has cancelled a meeting with Maldivians residing in Sri Lanka on December 26 following threats to his life, the Maldivian media outlet Raajje reported.

A number of senior opposition figures are currently in exile in Sri Lanka. Nasheed is currently in Colombo as well, having traveled their numerous times since being granted political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2016. He was sentenced to 13 years is prison in March 2015, and was granted medical leave in January 2016.

While the former President was to meet with Maldivians residing in Sri Lanka on December 26, the event was cancelled due to threats to his life.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the joint opposition, Ahmed Mahloof met with Namal Rajapaksa, member of the Sri Lankan parliament and son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

At the meeting that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday, the South-Galolhu constituency MP spoke to Namal regarding ‘the current political situation in Maldives’, including details regarding the persecution of opposition parliamentarians, as well as the opposition’s efforts to ensure a free and fair election next year. (Colombo Gazette)

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