MALE, Sept 26 A court on the Maldives put former
president Mohamed Nasheed on island arrest on Wednesday, meaning
he has to seek permission before leaving the capital Male, a
move likely to anger supporters protesting his removal from
office in February.
Nasheed faces trial charged with abducting a Criminal Court
judge during his final days in office in the luxury Indian Ocean
Nasheed says he was forced from power at gunpoint after
opposition protests and a police mutiny. Earlier this month, a
national commission said that the toppling of his government was
not a coup, a ruling that sparked further street protests.
Nasheed said the court's ruling on Wednesday would unfairly
restrict the his movements as he campaigns to return to office
in elections next year.
"My lawyers are suggesting to me that it is highly irregular
and very politically motivated," he told Reuters. "We will not
have free and fair elections in 2013, that was always our
Masood Imaad, spokesman for President Mohamed Waheed, said
the court ruling was a judicial matter and the government would
Nasheed shot to global prominence by highlighting the risks
of rising sea levels to the low-lying archipelago.
He became its first democratically elected president after
defeating Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, an autocrat who was then Asia's
longest-serving leader, having been in power for 30 years.
(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal in Colombo; Writing by Frank Jack
Daniel; Editing by Nick Macfie)