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Former president Mohamed Nasheed arrested in Maldives

  • Police in the Maldives capital, Male, arrested former president, Mohamed Nasheed, on Tuesday for abuse of office.

    Nasheed was apprehended after failing to attend a hearing and disregarding two arrest warrants.

    He is accused of illegally ordering the arrest of a judge, a charge he denies and resulted in his resignation.

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

    Last month, Nasheed briefly sought refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male.

    Nasheed was the country's first democratically elected leader in 2008.

    He has announced plans to run for president again in September but will be barred from doing so if handed a jail sentence.

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