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Maldives ex-president freed, 81 others arrested

Published on Mar 6, 2013 10:53 PM
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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed (centre) is escorted by police officers after being arrested in Male, on March 5, 2013. Mr Nasheed was freed on Wednesday after his overnight detention sparked anti-government protests that led to the arrest of over 80 opposition activists, police said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MALE (AFP) - Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was freed on Wednesday after his overnight detention sparked anti-government protests that led to the arrest of over 80 opposition activists, police said.

The release of Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, came after he was taken before a magistrate on charges of abusing his authority when he was in power between 2008 and 2012.

"We produced him (before a judge) in court today as instructed by the magistrate and after today's hearing he was free to go," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told AFP.

Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said the case had been put off for another four weeks.

 
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