Supreme Court annuls order releasing politicians


Hours earlier police had arrested former president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom - Yameen's estranged half-brother - at his home in the city, says Time magazine.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was "gravely concerned" about the Maldives situation and asked "Yameen (the president) and Maldives government to peacefully end the state of emergency, restore all articles of the constitution, take immediate steps to implement in full the order of the Supreme Court, and to permit and support the full, free and proper functioning of Parliament".

However, the MEA refused to respond to questions about Mr. Nasheed's call for worldwide intervention.

As New Delhi weighs its options, a former diplomat who was part of previous Indian interventions in the Maldives, including in 1988, when Indian troops defeated a coup d'etat against then President Gayoom, said it would be a mistake to see the situation there in isolation.

The new ruling, which was published online, was signed by the bench's three remaining judges.

Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday called for India to send an envoy backed by its military to free Supreme Court judges and other detainees held by the government following the imposition of a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

He went on to accuse the two detained judges of corruption.

The 82-year-old also gave a video interview where he said he had done nothing to be arrested.

"The arrest of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and political figures are also reasons for concern", it added.

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On Tuesday, the Yameen government also arrested Gayoom, who served as the President of Maldives from 1978 till 2008, for allegedly plotting a coup.

Nasheed, 50, who lives in self-exile in Britain, also requested the United States "to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through U.S. banks".

"This declaration is unconstitutional and illegal", he said.

The Supreme Court's shock decision last week to order the release of political dissidents and quash the conviction of exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, among others, sparked the crisis. In his five years of rule, President Yameen has never shied away from the fact that he is closer to China and that his country will follow a "China First" policy, in stark contrast to all previous regimes there, sources said.

"President Yameen should resign immediately". The army received orders to resist moves to impeach the president.

He was granted medical leave in 2016 and traveled to Britain where he was granted asylum.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Maldives reportedly said there were no safety issues for foreign nationals working in the country or tourists after India and China issued travel advisory for their nationals.

Repeatedly declaring that no individual's actions can be exempted from being overseen or investigated, including top court judges and the President himself, Yameen said that the Supreme Court had also rejected four letters of concern he had tried to file regarding recent events."I also bade the Chief Justice to meet with me (on Monday), but he refused to do so", Yameen claimed.