Foreign governments and international bodies have taken India’s lead, expressing concern over the political instability in the Maldives and emphasising the importance of all parties being able to put forward the candidates of their choice in the upcoming elections.
The High Court on February 13 concluded an appeal by Male’ City Council (MCC) over the ownership of the ‘Usfasgandu’ land plot in the capital, leased to the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
“I have never previously seen the international community trying to protect a convict or an individual who is being tried in a court of law”: Home Minister Mohamed Jameel.
According to police, 11 of those arrested were on charges of obstructing police duty, breaking police cordons, entering closed areas and threatening police.
Questions remain about the possibility of the Nasheed case running its full course before the Election Commission puts the poll process in motion, writes N Sathiya Moorthy.
Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel accused India of meddling in the Maldives’ internal affairs: “What’s happening now gives us an indication of the extent and level of interest some countries prepared to take in our internal matters,” he said.
Police have been issued a court order to produce former President Mohamed Nasheed at the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court ahead of his trial, scheduled at 4:00pm today.
The President’s Office has released a publication claiming “remarkable success” during its first year in power.
President Mohamed Waheed meanwhile expressed similar sentiment to the Islamic Minister, asking the public to be cautious of activities being carried out to allow other faiths into the country.