Maldives declares 15-day state of emergency

Maldives  former president Nasheed speaks during news conference in Colombo   Thomson Reuters

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Maldives government Tuesday to end the state of emergency and ensure the safety of its citizens, including judges and politicians who have been arrested. Nasheed also requested the U.S. to stop all the financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through USA banks.

The arrests came after the Supreme Court dismissed terrorism convictions against jailed political opponents of Yameen, and quashed the conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected leader.

President Yameen imposed the state of emergency after refusing to comply with a Supreme Court order to release detained political leaders.

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday evening declared a state of emergency amid political crisis in the country.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, ruling that their trials were politically motivated and flawed, setting the stage for the current faceoff. The whereabouts of the court's other two judges are not clear.

A 15-day state of emergency has been declared in the Maldives.

In a statement, Mr Nasheed added: "President Yameen has illegally declared martial law and overrun the state".




Eva Abdulla, an opposition lawmaker, said the state of emergency "only serves to show an isolated man who no longer has the confidence of the Maldivian people and independent institutions", and called for the immediate resignation of Yameen.

Opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who also served as president between 1978 to 2008, has been charged with bribery and attempting to overthrow the government. Gayoom, the half-brother of the country's former leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has crushed the Opposition in the Maldives by targeting high-profile leaders.

Beijing: China on Monday warned its citizens not to tavel to the Maldives for holidays due to the political turmoil there, in a setback to beleaguered President Abdulla Yameen whose country's economy relies heavily on Chinese tourists.

Police were also dispatched to the Supreme Court. "We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was", he said.

He claimed he was ousted as president and made to resign at gunpoint by police and military officers in February 2012.

"I have not done anything to be arrested", he said.

Nasheed resigned during his presidential term following protests over the arrest of a judge.

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