Ex-Maldives president leaves Indian diplomatic mission

  • Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed left the Indian High Commission in the capital, Male, on Saturday.

    Nasheed took refuge there ten days ago after a court ordered his arrest for failing to appear in court over charges of abuse of power.

    He did not explain why he left the embassy as the case against him is still pending.

    Nasheed entered the mission on February 13. At the time, his Maldivian Democratic Party said he would stay inside until a new caretaker government was formed.

    Nasheed was forced out of office a year ago but hopes to take part in a presidential election due in September.

    He became the first democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation in 2008.

    He claims he was forced to step down in February 2012 after soldiers and police mutinied and took over the party's headquarters in Male.

    However, his successor, Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, who served as his vice-president, maintains Nasheed willingly left following opposition-led protests.