Amidst Emergency, Former Maldives President Nasheed Requests 'Physical Presence' Of India

| February 6 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

A day after the President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen put in place a 15 day 'State of Emergency' on Monday, and the Chief Justice of Maldives was arrested, exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday reached out to India for 'physical presence' and aid.

In a tweet, Nasheed, on the behalf of Maldivian people 'humbly requested' for India to send envoy backed by military to release the arrested Supreme Court judges and other political prisoners including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Nasheed also requested the US to stop all the financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through US banks.

"On behalf of Maldivian people we humbly request: 1. India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol. detainees inc. Prez. Gayoom. We request a physical presence. 2. The US to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through US banks," tweeted Nasheed.

The island nation was plunged into chaos after the government refused the directive of its Supreme Court calling for the release of 9 opposition politicians in imprisonment. The release of the politicians would have resulted in the party of President Yameen losing its majority.

Soon after President Yameen declared the Emergency Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another SC judge, Ali Hameed were arrested and the imprisoned politicians remained in custody.

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Nasheed slammed the Emergency declared by President Yameen, terming it to be tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives.

"President Yameen's announcement which declares a state of emergency, the banning of fundamental freedoms, and the suspension of the Supreme Court is tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives. This declaration is unconstitutional and illegal. Nobody in the Maldives is required to, nor should, follow this unlawful order," Nasheed said.

"This deliberate refusal by the government to uphold the Constitution further destabilises the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean security," Nasheed said.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected leader of Maldives was charged with terrorism in March 2015 and granted asylum in the UK after he sought medical treatment there.