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Maldives state of emergency: judges block release of political prisoners

Abrar Hussain

The Mal-dives’ Supreme Court has revoked an order to release high-profile political prisoners a day after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and arrested two top judges on corruption charges.The remaining three judges of the supreme court said they were rescinding their 1 February order to release the prisoners “in light of the concerns raised by the president”. Signed by all five judges, the court’s original decision had quashed a terrorism conviction against former president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, among others. The surprising move was seen as clearing the way for Nasheed to end his self-imposed exile and return to the country to contest elections later this year. However, President Yameen refused to comply with the order and instead declared the 15-day state of emergency, giving extensive powers to troops to arrest and detain individuals while diminishing the powers of the judiciary and the legislature. Nasheed has accused Yameen of acting illegally and called on the international community to step in and help remove him from office.

Source: The Guardian

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