Crossing the Line
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.