Maldives opposition resolves to continue protests

An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives on Saturday said her party has resolved to continue protests in the streets and in parliament until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader from police detention.

PTI| Updated: Feb 28, 2015, 23:35 PM IST

Colombo: An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives on Saturday said her party has resolved to continue protests in the streets and in parliament until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader from police detention.

Eva Abdulla says her Maldivian Democratic Party and another ally decided that Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean archipelago nation's first democratically elected president, must be released immediately.

Nasheed was arrested this past week for his alleged role in the 2012 arrest of a senior judge while he was president.

The prosecution has accused him of kidnapping Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 and has charged him under the country's anti-terrorism law.

Thousands of opposition supporters paraded in the streets of the capital, Male, yesterday demanding Nasheed's release.