Maldives says will comply with court ruling which frees Nasheed

The Maldives Government said it will abide by a supreme court ruling which ordered the release of nine key political prisoners, including exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed.

The Maldives President’s office quoted the Maldives’ Minister of Defence and National Security as assuring that the Administration would always abide by the rulings of the Supreme Court.

The President’s office also called upon the Maldivian people to put on a united front, and work together with patience to maintain the country’s peace and stability, uphold the country’s laws, and urged all to cooperate with law enforcement in ensuring the safety of all Maldivians.

The Defence Minister further reiterated that the Administration always puts the safety of the country and its people first. The administration will continue to work towards strengthening the Maldives’ democratic system, and follow the administration’s developmental policies he said.

The Maldives President’s office quoted the Attorney General Mohamed Anil as saying that the Administration was currently working to vet and clarify the Supreme Court’s ruling.

He also said that the Administration would work to engage and consult with the Supreme Court, in order to comply with the ruling, in line with proper procedure and the rule of law.

President Abdulla Yameen won a controversial run-off Presidential vote against Nasheed in 2013. Nasheed was later jailed in 2015 but he was granted leave from prison in 2016 for medical treatment in London.

Nasheed however secured political asylum in the UK and often visited Sri Lanka for meetings but never returned to the Maldives to face the remainder of his jail term.

Recently Nasheed announced he will contest the 2018 Presidential election. (Colombo Gazette)