Maldives' top judge arrested as state of emergency declared

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India has put its special forces on standby in the wake of the crisis in Maldives following appeals from the island nation's opposition leaders and judicial figures for a swift military intervention. They were not occupiers but liberators. More often than not, it is the Opposition parties that seek an active intervention from India given its position of power on the chequerboard. Nasheed, whose Maldivian Democratic Party functions from Colombo, asked for India's help.

"We would like the Indian government to send an envoy, backed by its military, to free the judges and the political detainees". "We are asking for a physical presence", Nasheed said in a tweet.

Yameen, half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled Maldives for over three decades, passed a law in 2016 that criminalised defamation, a move Opposition said was aimed at stifling dissent. That has been the old, familiar political script in the Maldives and a handful of countries in the neighbourhood. Then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi dispatched 1,600 troops and it was only a matter of hours before order was restored.

A top vacation spot, Maldives went into mayhem last week after five judges of the Supreme Court released terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures, including the exiled Mr Nasheed, Maldives' first democratically elected president.

"I call on the Maldives Government to lift the State of Emergency immediately, to respect the institutions and their competencies as provided for in the Constitution, and to respect the fundamental rights of all people and the rule of law, in line with the Maldives' obligations under global human rights law, in particular the worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights", Zeid said.

It said that the Indian government was carefully monitoring the situation in Maldives.

Later the Ministry of External Affairs also released a statement speaking of the situation. "China always follows the principles of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs".

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After Supreme Court had ordered several jailed politicians to be freed, there was declaration fo the state of emergency by the government in the Indian Ocean following which police arrested Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and judge Ali Hamid.

The court last week ordered the release of a group of imprisoned opposition political leaders, including many of Yameen's political rivals.

The court's remaining three judges have issued a statement saying the order has been revoked "in light of the concerns raised by the President".

Nasheed has said he will run against Yameen in presidential elections due later this year, and the court's ruling had appeared to pave the way for his return to the honeymoon islands. He and Gayoom are now political allies in an opposition alliance.

Yameen later accused the pair of plotting to overthrow him.

On Tuesday, the President gave a televised address saying, "I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges".

"We believe that creating an accountable, transparent, and a coherent Security Council is a clear way to lead this Organisation into the 21st century", Mohamed told the powerful Security Council, which has 15 members.

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