Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed Arrested

Maldives: Former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed was arrested on Monday, after he failed to show up for a trial over accusations against him of abuse of power. Maldivian police arrested Nasheed, 45, at the Island of Faresmaathodaa of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, south of Maldives.

Maldivian Democratic Party spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor tweeted, "President Nasheed grabbed from protesting supporters, arrested and being taken away from Fares-Mathoda".

Police spokesman Hassan Haneef confirmed that the former president has been arrested after Hulhumale Magistrate Court ordered the police to produce him before it.

A Maldives court had ordered ex-president Mohamed Nasheed to be arrested if he failed to appear for a hearing to face charges that he illegally ordered the arrest of a judge.

According to reports, the Hulhumale Magistrate Court had last week ordered Nasheed to appear at a hearing and not leave the capital, Male, without the court's permission.

Nasheed, who defied both the orders, refused to appear before a three-judge bench set up to hear charges that he abused his power while in office.

"Questioning the legitimacy of the ad hoc Magistrate Court, I have appealed the case with the high court and I await a decision," he wrote on Twitter.

Nasheed, who is the first democratically elected president of the island nation, fears he would not be given a fair trial.

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