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.
Welcome tonight’s SC ruling calling for the immediate release of political prisoners and the restoration of their civil and political rights. President Yameen must abide by this ruling and resign. Urge all citizens to avoid confrontation and engage in peaceful political activity.
— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) February 1, 2018
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.
Five page order of Maldives🇲🇻 Supreme Court⚖️ lists nine prisoners for immediate release:
1. Mohamed Nasheed
2. Mohamed Nazim
3. Imran Abdulla
4. Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor
5. Muhthaaz Muhsin
6. Gasim Ibrahim
7. Ahmed Faris Maumoon
8. Ahmed Nihan
9. Hamid Ismail
— Devirupa Mitra (@DevirupaM) February 1, 2018
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.
Embattled President Yameen fires Commissioner of Police after SC ruling which overthrew anti- defection ruling, ordered the immediate release of Pres @MohamedNasheed,MP Qasim, Sheikh Imran, Col Nazim, MP Faris & other political prisoners. 12 MPs do not lose their seats!
— Abdulla Shahid 🎈 (@abdulla_shahid) February 1, 2018
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.”