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Maldives ex-president's travel ban revoked

2012-02-08 11:19

Male - The new president of the Maldives said on Wednesday that he had revoked a travel ban announced by police on former leader Mohamed Nasheed, who stepped down after a mutiny by police.

The ban was said to cover 44-year-old Nasheed, a former democracy activist and climate change campaigner, as well as others in his administration.

"I have revoked the travel ban list," President Mohamed Waheed told reporters at his first press conference since being sworn in as the Indian Ocean nation's new head of state.

"I came to know about it only early today. Even Nasheed is free to travel abroad," said Waheed, was served as vice president under Nasheed.

Nasheed resigned on Tuesday following weeks of anti-government protests capped by a police mutiny, which Nasheed's political party said amounted to a "coup d'etat".

Rights group Amnesty International warned the Maldives' new regime against seeking revenge against the Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party.

"The new authorities in the Maldives must avoid persecuting members of outgoing president Mohamed Nasheed's political party," the human rights watchdog said in a statement.

Police have also said they found alcohol - which is illegal in the capital Male - at Nasheed's residence. Officers were shown on national television carrying away bottles.