Maldives: Nasheed rejects police summons

2012-02-15 09:00

Male - Ousted Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed has rejected a police summons to record a statement about his actions as president, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Nasheed's former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem said Maldivian police had asked the former president to explain his controversial order to arrest a judge last month.

"Our lawyers have spoken to the police and made it clear that president Nasheed will not go to the police to make a statement," Naseem said, reiterating that they did not accept the legitimacy of the new regime.

Nasheed stepped down after three weeks of opposition-led protests which were capped by a mutiny last Tuesday. He said he was forced to resign following threats of violence from the rebel police and army officers.

The new government has not carried out a warrant for Nasheed's arrest after widespread violence following his resignation. International diplomatic pressure has mounted on President Mohamed Waheed not to escalate tensions.

A visiting European Union delegation in a statement asked the government to stop a campaign of "political retribution" targeting Nasheed's supporters.

"There must be an end to violence and no political retribution," the EU delegation said. "In this regard we note the large political rally being planned for Friday, and urge all sides to do everything possible to ensure that this takes place in a peaceful and lawful manner.

"Acts of provocation on the part of participants or the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies would be completely unacceptable at this point."

President Waheed has already agreed to a Commonwealth probe into the dramatic fall of Nasheed, the Muslim nation's first democratically elected leader who came to power in 2008.

  • alatassi - 2012-02-16 09:32

    "Nasheed stepped down after three weeks of opposition-led protests which were capped by a mutiny last Tuesday." This is being stated as fact, but the facts are in doubt. He gave a passionate speech the day he resigned about why it was better for the country, that he didn't want bloodshed over his decisions (the crowds of protests over his kidnapping of a high judge), and no one was compelling him to make the decision to resign. He wasn't being threatened at that time. His resignation was on live television shown around the world on a channel from Maldives. His vice president is now president. The country wants to move on, while he refuses to now. Does he think the country's laws are just for show, and the leader just does whatever he wants? It is inaccurate to say that he was deposed, as the evidence mostly points the other way.

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