Maldives top court revokes order to free prisoners;Nasheed seeks India’s help

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Feb 2018 08:46:09


 

COLOMBO/ MALE/ NEW DELHI,

The former President wasnts India’s military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in his country following declaration of emergency

India expected to follow a standard operating procedure that includes keeping troops in readiness

MALDIVES’ Supreme Court on Tuesday night revoked an order to release nine high-profile political prisoners, hours after former president Mohamed Nasheed sought India’s military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in his country following declaration of emergency by President Abdulla Yameen and arrest of two top judges.
Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested after President Yameen declared a state of emergency on Monday.


India is expected to follow a standard operating procedure (SOP) that includes keeping the troops in readiness, Government sources indicated on Tuesday.
India, which said it was ‘disturbed’ over the situation in the archipelago nation, has already issued a travel advisory as part of the SOP but officials would not confirm one of its crucial aspects pertaining to keeping troops on standby.Sources said troop movement has been seen at a key air-base in Southern India.


In a late night development, the remaining three judges of the Supreme Court amended an order to release nine high- profile political prisoners.
In a statement, the judges said they were revoking the order to release the prisoners “in light of the concerns raised by the President”.


The amendment to the ruling by the Supreme Court on February 1 also omits the part that says the case against the Supreme Court judges was not received by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC). Earlier on Tuesday, President Yameen accused the detained judges of plotting to overthrow him.


“I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges,” Yameen said in a televised address to the nation. “We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was,” he said, adding that the Chief Justice was trying to illegally impeach him and sack the Attorney General. Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has allied himself with the Opposition, was also detained at his home.


Concerned over political turmoil in Maldives, India, which is monitoring the situation very ‘closely’, on Tuesday said it was ‘disturbed’ on the declaration of the emergency by the Maldivian Government and described as a matter of ‘concern’ the arrests of the chief justice and political figures there.