Ousted Maldivian Prez alleges assassination plot

Nasheed said he was aware of the masterminds as well as of plots to assassinate him.

Male: Maldives` ousted president Mohamed Nasheed has claimed that officers of the Maldivian Army and police had been plotting to detain and assassinate him and that he was aware of the masterminds behind the "coup" that forced him out of power.

"They were trying to accomplish it to the last minute, but with the mercy of God, I have been granted the opportunity to be with you all here tonight," he said while addressing a party rally last night, according to a report on the Haveeru newspaper`s website today.

Nasheed said he was aware of the masterminds as well as of plots to assassinate him but did not disclose any further details or any names pertaining to the alleged assassination plot, the paper said.

He said he would not allow the people to suffer at the hands of the "traitors" currently in power and called on the people to practice "civil disobedience" until the demands for snap elections are met, the report said.

Haveeru is Dhivehi language influential paper here. In a major show of strength, Nasheed hosted a rally of his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) at the artificial beach area here last night.

The protest rally was attended by around 5,000 supporters who held placards and banners against the police and the current regime headed by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

Though initially, the crowd numbered only about 1,000, the strength grew as time passed.

Male has an approximate population of 1,20,000 people including 22,000 Indians, besides other foreigners.

The MDP workers had set up giant screens relaying pictures and videos of police crackdown against their supporters and activists.

MDP lawmakers along with Nasheed addressed the crowd in the native language.

Speaking to reporters at his house today, Nasheed said he will take the fight to the Parliament, which is scheduled start its session on February 23.

The rally was organised a day after MDP supporters laid siege to the street outside People`s Majlis (parliament) here.

The demonstration was held outside the Majlis to register protest against the current regime for alleged violence against a party lawmaker.

Maldives` first democratically-elected president had said that he was forced to resign as gun-wielding military men threatened that they would resort to using arms if he did not.

The MDP has planned a large rally on February 17, the day when a Commonwealth ministerial mission is scheduled to arrive here to "ascertain the facts surrounding the transfer of power".


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