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Nasheed arrested for not responding to court summons


Charged for ‘abduction’ of Judge during his tenure as President

Nasheed arrested for not responding to court summons


Former Maldives President and leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party(MDP) Mohammed Nasheed was arrested by Police yesterday for failing to answer summons issued by the Hulhumale Magistrates Court in connection with the case where he is charged with ‘abducting" the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdullah Mohammed, during his tenure as President.
Husssain Shihab, Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, speaking to The Island by telephone from Male said that Police acting on a court order had arrested Nasheed on Fares-Maathodaa Island, in the Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, about 440km from the capital Male and was taken to Hulhumale by sea, where his case was due to be heard.
"The former President is in Police custody prior to being produced before the Magistrates Court which is situated in Hulhumale," Shihab said adding that the arrest was made on a court order and President Mohammed Waheed’s government had nothing to do with it.
He said that Nasheed had ignored court summons and gone off to various islands in the archipelago on the grounds that he was campaigning for the next Presidential Election, a date for which has yet to be announced. The earliest possible date in terms of the constitution was July next year.
Nasheed said that his arrest and detention was a violation of his political and democratic rights. If convicted he could face a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment or banishment to a remote island.
Omar Razza, the former State Minister for the South Central Province in Nasheed’s administration said that they have appealed against the arrest order to the High Court on the basis that the Hulhumnale Magistrates Court was "illegal and not properly constituted under the Constitution."
Meanwhile, there has been widespread praise for parliamentarian Dr.Afrasheem Ali, who was brutally killed by some persons last Tuesday, while he was trying to enter his apartment complex in Male.
High Commissioner Shihab said that there was nothing but praise for Afrasheem when, the Maldivian parliament met last week.
The former President Nasheed while describing the dead MP as a "moderate and friend" said that the arrest of two members belonging to his party in connection with the murder, was an attempt to unfairly implicate them in something they had no connection whatsoever.
Faris Maumoon, Interim Member of the PPM described Afrasheem as a "dear colleague, academic, Islamic Scholar, educator and keen moralist, who had entered politics as a voice of moderation. His loss will be felt keenly across the country as well as in the work of the Majlis and PPM."
Afrasheem was a member of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) headed by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, which is now a constituent member of the ruling National Unity Alliance.
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