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India moves to end Maldives stand-off, case put off

Published on Feb 20, 2013 8:49 PM
 
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed (centre), walks to the Indian High Commission with his supporters and party members in Male on Feb 13, 2013. A Maldivian court on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013, postponed the trial of opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, who has taken refuge in the Indian embassy, as New Delhi sent an envoy to try to end the political stand-off. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MALE (AFP) - A Maldivian court on Wednesday postponed the trial of opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, who has taken refuge in the Indian embassy, as New Delhi sent an envoy to try to end the political standoff.

The court postponed the hearing scheduled for Wednesday after police said they were unable to arrest the former president and bring him before the magistrate, according to Nasheed's party.

"The hearing was cancelled after police informed the court that they were unable to bring Nasheed (to court)," a spokeswoman for Nasheed's party, Shauna Aminath, told AFP.

Former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem said the government could re-schedule another hearing "at any time" and try to arrest Nasheed again.

 
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