Maldives’ Nasheed Urges India to Intervene

Former Maldivian President Nasheed at Copenhagen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Former Maldivian President Nasheed at Copenhagen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The opposition leader of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to intervene in the Maldivian crisis to make President Yameen free the Supreme Court judges and the political prisoners.

Mohamed Nasheed’s call came after the Maldivian President Yameen declared a 15-day emergency following a court order to release the political prisoners and reinstate MPs who lost their Parliament seats.

The Maldivian security forces arrested the Supreme Court judges including the chief justice to take them on the verdict they issued last week.

The security forces also arrested the former President Mamun Abdul Gayoom from his residence as he sided with the opposition party in the ongoing political crisis in the Maldives.

The former Maldivian President Nasheed, urging India to intervene in the Maldivian politics, called on India to send “an envoy, backed by its military”.

Mohamed Nasheed said, “We are asking for a physical presence.”

Mohamed Nasheed later tweeted, “On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request:

  1. India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol. detainees inc. Prez. Gayoom. We request a physical presence.
  2. The US to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through US banks.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency to investigate a “coup” against him.

Yameen said, “I had to declare a state of emergency because I had no way to hold a judge of the Supreme Court accountable. I had to suspend their immunity to find out how thick this plot, this coup was.”

Mohamed Nasheed, the opposition leader, has accused Yameen of declaring Martial Lar. “We must remove him from power,” he said.

“We would also like the US government to ensure that US financial institutions stop all US$ financial transactions of the regime leaders in the Maldives,” he added in a statement.

The U.S. has called for restraints. “The Maldivian government and military must respect the rule of law, freedom of expression, and democratic institutions. The world is watching,” the US National Security Council said in a Twitter post.

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