Ex President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives Dragged Into Court to Face Terrorism Charges (Photos)

February 24, 2015 12:01 am

A court in the Maldives on Monday refused bail to former president
after he was arrested on terrorism charges and denied
access to his lawyers, his party said.

Police forcibly manhandled
and forcefully dragged the ex president turned opposition leader into
the court in the capital Male, ignoring his plea to be allowed to walk
in himself, and denied him medical attention though the court had
ordered “necessary treatment.”

Nasheed told the court that his
arm hurt after police violently pushed him to the ground, but the
three-judge bench brushed aside his complaints, only asking police to
grant him treatment after the hearing.

Instead of taking him to
hospital in Male, however, Nasheed was seen being taken away by boat to
the nearby prison islet of Dhoonidhoo. His shirt buttons were missing
and he appeared in pain throughout the brief hearing.
“The court ordered president Nasheed to be
kept in police custody until the end of the trial,” said a spokeswoman
for the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Shauna Aminath.

The
MDP has argued that his arrest on “trumped-up charges of terrorism” is
an attempt to shut down growing opposition to the government of
President Abdulla Yameen before a planned protest rally on Friday.

The
Maldives is a major tourist attraction, but political unrest has dented
its image as a peaceful island paradise in recent years — particularly
since Nasheed’s February 2012 ousting in what he described as a coup.

International
reaction to his arrest has so far been muted, but world powers America
and Russia expressed concern over the “arrest and manhandling” of
Nasheed.

“We are concerned at recent developments in the Maldives, including
the arrest and manhandling of former president Nasheed and now
opposition leasder
,” the American foreign ministry said in a statement issued in Washington.

“We urge all concerned to calm the situation and resolve their
differences within the constitutional and legal framework of Maldives.

Britain’s junior foreign minister Hugo Swire said he was “very concerned”.

“UK watching closely. Urge calm and restraint on all sides,” Swire tweeted.

Nasheed resigned as president in 2012 following a mutiny by police
and troops that followed weeks of protest over Mohamed’s arrest.

Since his downfall, he has been plagued with court action over the judge’s arrest.

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