The judges dismissed the request to delay the trial until the end of the elections, but agreed to withhold it for four weeks, stating that the panel of judges by majority “had decided to proceed with the trial”.
In the battle for international media attention, an image speaks a thousands words – so long as it is the right image, writes Neil Merrett, of covering the protests in the aftermath of Nasheed’s arrest.
Amnesty International meanwhile slammed the arrest of Nasheed as “selective justice”, noting that former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom “has never been investigated or held to account for alleged abuses committed during his rule.”
Politics in the Maldives have revved up again barely a week after Nasheed’s exit from the Indian High Commission, writes N SathiyaMoorthy.
Police also said that, if required, protection will be given to anyone who shared information with the police.
Only five of the 16 political parties in the Maldives have the required membership of 10,000 to survive the passage of today’s bill, with parties including President Mohamed Waheed’s GIP and Home Minister Mohamed Jameel’s DQP now facing dissolution in three months.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed has been arrested by police ahead of his trial hearing at Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court, scheduled for 4:00pm tomorrow (March 6).
“Waheed is in his position through a coup d’etat. A year having passed since does not change that fact. That is what we demonstrated in parliament today. We are only obliged to respond to a presidential address given by a legitimate leader,” MDP PG Leader Solih said.
Waheed, who was due to deliver the address at 10:00am this morning, finally finished it at 4:00pm on the fourth attempt after repeated obstruction by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs, who waved pieces of paper at him with phrases such as “illegitimate president” and “coup boss”.