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Maldives Ex-President, Mohamed Nasheed charged for judge's illegal arrest

The ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is charged with illegally ordering the arrest of criminal court Chief Justice, Abdulla Mohamed. For more information, read ahead.

Jul 18, 2012 18:10 IST
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The ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is charged with illegally ordering the arrest of criminal court Chief Justice, Abdulla Mohamed. The charge was made on 15 July 2012. Mohamed Nasheed, was forced out of office in February 2012.

General Ahmed Muizz the Maldives prosecutor was the one to file the criminal charge against Mohamed Nasheed and the, then defence minister, Tholhath Ibrahim.

The case was filed at the HulhuMale Magistrate Court. The move taken by the Maldives prosecutor led to widespread protests and finally the detention.

At present, Nasheed has been charged with violating Article 81 of the Penal Code, the article states that the detention of a government employee who if not found guilty of a crime is illegal. If Nasheed and Ibrahim are found guilty they shall face a jail sentence or banishment for three years.

Despite pressures from both international and local parties and a direct order by the Supreme Court for immediate release, Abdulla had been detained in a military training facility at Kaafu Atoll Girifushi for twenty two days.

Nasheed is the second former President in country's history to be charged after late President Ibrahim Nasir. Nasheed is a Maldivian politician and one of the founders members of the Maldivian Democratic Party. He served as the fourth President of the Maldives from the year 2008 to 2012.

Maldives is a presidential republic. The President acts as the head of government as well as the head of state. The President heads the executive branch and also appoints the cabinet . The cabinet is approved by the People's Majlis.

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