Nasheed takes refuge in Indian High Commission

By: admin
Updated: 13 Feb 2013 06:05 AM

Mohamed Nasheed, who was forced to step down as president of Maldives
last year, took refuge at the Indian High Commission on Tuesday after a
court issued an arrest order for his failing to attend a hearing in the
illegal detention of a judge.

"Mindful of my own security and stability in the Indian Ocean, I have
taken refuge at the Indian High Commission in Maldives," tweeted Maldivian
opposition leader Nasheed.

A large number of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters gathered on
hearing the news, reported online news portal.

Nasheed entered the Indian High Commission as the Hulhumal court issued an
arrest order for Nasheed to be brought to court after he failed to attend
the scheduled hearing over last year's detention of Criminal Court chief
judge Abdulla Mohamed.

sense of uncertainty has gripped the Maldives ever since Nasheed resigned
on February 7 last year followed what he alleged was a coup. Mohammed
Waheed Hassan succeeded him.

Nasheed faced protests over his decision to sack Abdulla Mohamed.

Nasheed later claimed that he was forced to quit at gun-point and urged
the international community to help restore "democracy" in the South Asian