Maldives opposition flays Nasheed arrest warrant

February 20, 2013 - 1:15:20 am
MALE: The main opposition party in the Maldives condemned yesterday fresh moves to arrest its leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed, who has taken refuge in the Indian embassy in the capital.
The Maldivian government on Monday announced that a new arrest warrant has been issued for Nasheed to face charges of abuse of power while president, after a previous warrant expired.
“Waheed hides behind so-called judicial independence, but his fingerprints are all over this trial,” MDP spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said in a statement condemning the new arrest warrant.
Nasheed is accused of abusing his powers after he won the island nation’s first free elections in 2008. The former pro-democracy activist was ousted last year by violent protests and by a mutiny by police and troops. US and UN have joined India in calling for free elections in the Maldives.