The Maldives High Court on Sunday dismissed former president Mohamed Nasheed`s appeal against his February 22 arrest order even as the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) declared it will launch a nationwide civil disobedience campaign to secure his freedom.
Former Maldives president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of a terrorism charge, a ruling likely to fuel further unrest in the honeymoon islands.
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.
Even as scores of his supporters protested against his sudden arrest, Maldives ex-President Mohamed Nasheed was at the receiving end of police manhandling ahead of his hearing as he was dealt with harshly and dragged into the courtroom.
In what may send the country of Maldives in yet another phase of political uncertainty, supporters of former president Mohamed Nasheed clashed with the police after he was arrested on terrorism charges on Sunday.
Former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed on Sunday said it would be "unlawful" to take part in an election held under President Mohamed Waheed if he chooses to stay beyond his term which ends tonight.
Maldives Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Election Commission to produce the list of eligible voters and voters who cast their ballots in the first round of presidential polls held on September 7.
Former president Mohammed Nasheed, who emerged as the clear winner in the first round of presidential polls in Maldives but fell short of a majority on Sunday said his victory in the September 28 run-off would be more emphatic.
Voting was held on Saturday in Maldives for the second multi-party Presidential elections with long queues of people outside polling stations in this Indian Ocean archipelago, which has seen a series of unsettling political events in the last eighteen months.