Maldives: Army Storms Supreme Court as Government Declares Emergency

Maldives: Army Storms Supreme Court as Government Declares Emergency

Maldives: Army Storms Supreme Court as Government Declares Emergency

Security forces in the Maldives have arrested two Supreme Court judges and an opposition leader hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency in the island nation.

In a tweet, Nasheed, on the behalf of Maldivian people "humbly requested" for India to send envoy backed by military to release the arrested Supreme Court judges and other political prisoners including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

In a statement issued after the state of emergency was announced on state television, Yameen said that "during this time though certain rights will be restricted, general movements, services and businesses will not be affected".

Police said, in a Twitter message, they have arrested Saeed and Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed in an ongoing investigation.

It said that the Indian government was carefully monitoring the situation. Indian nationals are, therefore, advised to defer all non-essential travels to Male and other atolls until further notice,"the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement".

Nasheed has called for Yameen to be removed from power.

India on Friday called for peace and stability in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

Opposition supporters protest against the government's delay in releasing their jailed leaders, including former president Mohamed Nasheed, despite a Supreme Court order, in Male, Maldives, February 4, 2018.

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The government has subsequently declared a state of emergency, followed by the detention of the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Adding: "We would also like the USA government to ensure that USA financial institutions stop all US$ financial transactions of the regime leaders in the Maldives". Nasheed lives in exile in Britain and was one of the opposition leaders whom the court ordered released.

He also sought Washington's help for imposing restrictions on the movement of funds of the Maldivian leaders, through United States banks.

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that the president's crackdown has tarnished the image, and no doubt the revenues, of the Maldives as an upmarket holiday destination and many parties are looking to India to pressure the government to ensure the rule of law.

"Since the declaration of a state of emergency yesterday, we have seen a wave of arbitrary arrests in the Maldives".

Mr Nasheed who is lving in exile, called on the United States and india to assit the removal of President Yameen who declared a martial, illegally.

Among the options on the table are: targeted travel ban for top brass of Yameen government, restricting visas for Maldives nationals to India, squeezing aid and trade with the island nation.

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