Maldives ex-president freed as hearing begins
MALE (AFP) - The former president of the Maldives was freed on Tuesday after overnight detention and given 25 days to answer allegations that he abused his powers while in office, officials said.
Mr Mohamed Nasheed, 45, who resigned in February in what he calls a coup, was arrested and taken before a three-judge bench after he had ignored two court summonses and violated an order to remain on the capital island Male.
"He denied the charges against him and raised objections to the process," said Ms Shauna Aminath, an official from Mr Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). "He has been asked to appear before court on November 4 for the next hearing."
Government spokesman Mr Masood Imad said Mr Nasheed was free to leave after Tuesday's hearing. "The court has given him 25 days to make a detailed submission on the charges," Imad said.