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Maldives ex-President Nasheed takes refuge in Indian High Commission in Male Last Updated : 13 Feb 2013 03:26:01 PM IST Maldives: Former President Nasheed seeks cover in Indian High Commision
Situation is very tense outside the Indian mission as Anti-riots police have surrounded the Indian High Commission after former President Mohamed Nasheed alonwith 12 MPs went there, soon after an arrest warrant was issued against him by a Maldivian court.. The police has also set up heavy barricades outside the mission.
Will India give him refuge as Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7.
A Male court issued an arrest warrant against Nasheed after Former President Mohamed Nasheed failed to turn up for a court hearing at Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on February 10.According to Law , Maldivian Forces cannot enter Indian High Commission in Male
The former President, who is due to attend a hearing regarding his detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012, was inside the Indian High Commission at 1:00 PM this afternoon following the announcement of the court order.
Nasheed was arrested on October 8, 2012 after failing to appear before the Hulhumale Magistrate Male court to face charges of abuse of power while in office. The court issued the arrest order after he questioned the legitimacy of another special court to try him on the charges.
He was charged with abuse of power over his decision to send the military to arrest and subsequently detain then Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohammed.
Nasheed is "seeking advice" in Indian High Commission.Police have set up barricades around the High Commission area. The court summons follows Nasheed's failure to attend his previously scheduled trial hearing at Hulhumale' Magistrate Court on February 10.
Nasheed was arrested many times before .
But this time his arrest could trigger protests by his supporters who have previously clashed with police in the Indian ocean archipelago and who say the charges against him are politically motivated
The charge against Nasheed carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment or banishment to a remote island.
Nasheed was a democracy activist and political prisoner before becoming president in the Maldives's first multiparty election in 2008.
The former President was on an visit to India after being granted permission to depart the country by the court. Despite his permitted travel period expiring on February 9, Nasheed arrived back in Male on February 11.
Nasheed's supporters have held frequent protests in recent months demanding early elections. Hassan has said he will hold elections in July 2013, the earliest time permitted by the constitution.
The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup,
The election announcement came on the eve of the first anniversary of Mohamed Nasheed stepping down as president andlater declaring that he was forced out of office in a coup backed by security forces, police and Islamic extremists.
However, a Commonwealth-supervised investigation rejected his claim of a coup and said that the transition of power to his deputy Mohamed Waheed was in line with the constitution.
The country of 330,000 Sunni Muslims has been rocked by political unrest in the past year, denting its image as a peaceful paradise for up-market tourists and honeymooners.Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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