Maldives’ Top Court Frees Former President Mohamed Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives, at the presentation of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor in London, December 3, 2010 Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives, at the presentation of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor in London, December 3, 2010 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mohamed Nasheed, the former President of Maldives, has been cleared off ‘terrorism charges’ by a Court in the Maldives.

The Court also ordered the release of several other politicians who had been jailed in various political charges.

The opposition alliance petitioned the top court of the country to oust the current President Abdullah Yameen for ‘unprecedented corruption’, misrule and rights abuses.

The top court of Maldives didn’t give a verdict against the current Maldivian President Yameen. Instead, the government ordered the release of the former President Mohamed Nasheed and reinstalled several MPs who had been stripped of their positions.

The judges said the political leaders were jailed on an ‘unfair trial’ and ordered an immediate release.

12 parliament members who had been stripped of their seats in the last year have been reinstated.

After the latest move of the top Maldivian Court, the opposition has a clear majority in the parliament.

The opposition now has the power to impeach the sitting President Yameen. The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said the court ruling is a “death knell for President Yameen’s corrupt and criminal dictatorship.” 


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