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Maldives ex-president prevented from leaving country

Published on Dec 21, 2012 6:10 PM
 
Former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, arrives at the High Court to secure an injunction against a lower court which was due to try him later in the day on charges of abuse of power when he was the head of state in Male on Nov 4, 2012. Maldives authorities on Friday prevented the former president who was ousted in February from leaving the island nation to visit his ill father in Bangkok, a party lawmaker said. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - Maldives authorities on Friday prevented the former president who was ousted in February from leaving the island nation to visit his ill father in Bangkok, a party lawmaker said.

Mohamed Nasheed, 45, who resigned after what he alleges was a coup, is awaiting trial by a special court on charges of giving an illegal order when he was in office to have a judge arrested.

If convicted, he could be jailed or banished to a remote island for three years.

The Maldives, better known as a luxury holiday destination, has been rocked by violent protests over the past year in a stand-off between Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)and its opponents, who are now in power.

 
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