Cross­ing the Line

Southasia - - Briefing -

The po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the Mal­dives has once again erupted with the on-go­ing case against for­mer Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Nasheed mak­ing its way into the spot­light. Nasheed has ac­cused the cur­rent Mal­di­vian gov­ern­ment of con­duct­ing a coup and force­fully re­mov­ing him from his pres­i­dency. The for­mer Pres­i­dent be­lieves that the coup was jointly planned and ex­e­cuted by his ri­val, Mau­moon Ab­dul Gay­oom and Is­lamist par­ties that are quickly ris­ing to power in the al­ready un­sta­ble na­tion. How­ever, a re­cent re­port re­leased by the Na­tional Com­mis­sion over­seen by for­eign ex­perts al­lays such claims and con­firms the le­git­i­macy of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment.

Sub­se­quently, Nasheed has been “sum­moned” by the Lower Courts to ap­pear to face charges against ab­duct­ing and dis­miss­ing a judge dur­ing the last few days of his pres­i­dency. Nasheed and his Mal­di­vian Demo­cratic Party have ig­nored the sum­mon stat­ing that “We do not ac­cept these courts and pres­i­dent Nasheed will abide by the MDP de­ci­sion not to ac­cept any or­ders or de­ci­sions of these courts.” The sum­mon also put a travel ban on the for­mer Pres­i­dent who was seen vi­o­lat­ing the ban last week and left the cap­i­tal is­land to meet with sup­port­ers and mem­bers of the MDP in the south­ern is­lands.

His bla­tant chal­leng­ing of the sum­mon and lack of re­gard for the law has heated the an­i­mos­ity be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the MDP. The po­lice have been asked to bring Nasheed to the court and should he continue to re­sist, the court has is­sued or­ders of ar­rest.

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