Crisis in Maldives deepens as Chief Justice, former president arrested

Former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed and Judicial administrator Hassan Saeed have been arrested. They’re arrested just hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the country.

Abdulla Shahid, a former speaker of parliament informed about the arrest,””Former President Maumoom Abdul Gayoom and his son in law arrested by Special Operations @PoliceMv after breaking down the door to their residence. #MaldivesInCrisis #StateOfEmergency”

The arrest indicates that the crackdown on the opposition has intensified. The President has refused to comply with the court’s order to release political prisoners. Team Maumoon tweeted about this and confirm the arrest of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ali Hameed and Administrator of Department of Judicial Administration arrested.”

“First 8 hrs of State of emergency: Supreme Court raided, Mohamed Nadheem arrested, Pres. Maumoon arrested, SC Judge Ali Hameed arrested, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed arrested, Judicial administrator arrested. State of emergency declared just not to obey SC order? Is SoE Lawful?” said in another tweet.

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) urged people to stay united in this crisis.


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