Former Maldivian president in exile calls on India and the United States to intervene in a political crisis in his country.
Mohammed Nasheed issued a statement urging India to send a military-backed envoy to the small Indian island nation of small islands to liberate Justice Abdulla Saeed and court judge Ali Hameed from prison. Saeed and Hameed were arrested Tuesday morning when security forces stormed the Supreme Court building in the capital Male hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day emergency.
"President Yameen has illegally declared martial law and controlled the country. We must get rid of it from power, "Nasheed said in a statement. "We ask for a physical presence." He also asked Washington to impose a freeze on all financial transactions of Maldivian government officials.
Nasheed was elected president of the first multi-party election in Maldives in 2008, but he resigned in 2012 amid the military takeover took power. He lost against Yameen in the 2013 presidential election, and was later tried and convicted of terrorism charges in a trial condemned by human rights activists. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but later got sick last year to go to England where he got asylum. [lt]