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Maldives Chief Justice detained as president declares martial law

Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Mohamed Sharuhaan AP
| 07 February, 2018, 02:02

Dubai [U.A.E.], February 05 (ANI): In a big blow to democracy and civilian rule in the Maldives, President Mohammed Yameen (give full name) has put the army on alert and refused to follow the orders of the Supreme Court to reinstate sacked 12 opposition Members if Parliament or allow the release of other detained prisoners.

India issued another statement of concern over the growing crisis in the Maldives, but didn't respond to former President Mohamed Nasheed's appeal for military intervention.

The president of the Maldives on Tuesday accused judges of plotting to overthrow him, hours after he declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of the chief justice.

The announcement came a day after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and arrested two Supreme Court judges.

The court's remaining three judges have issued a statement saying the order has been revoked "in light of the concerns raised by the president".

Last night, the Ministry of External Affairs advised citizens to "defer all non-essential travels" to Male, the capital of Maldives, and other atolls in the tiny island nation.

"We believe that the Maldives government, political parties and people have the wisdom and ability to cope with the present situation themselves", Geng told a daily news briefing.


"We have managed to ensure the failure of the coup attempt by some people", Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said on state television.

Under the emergency state, the constitutional rights have been suspended and this has effectively quashed any moves by the opposition to impeach him while also stripping the Supreme Court of any authority.

The Maldives has been plunged into a political crisis following Thursday's court ruling.

The emergency decree gives officials sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property and restrict freedom of assembly. "The Government continues to carefully monitor the situation". "I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges", Gayoom said in a televised address to the nation, according to PTI.

He was also president between 1978 to 2008 when the Maldives, which relies on tourism, became a multi-party democracy.

Security forces also arrested former dictator and opposition politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who could be seen on cellphone video taken by his daughter being quietly escorted from his home, hugging friends and family and waving to supporters before being driven away.

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