Maldives arrests ex-president under anti-terrorism laws

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Male, Feb 22: Maldives police have arrested former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed under anti-terrorism laws.

A document signed by the prosecutor general seen by The Associated Press said that Nasheed was arrested today to stand trial for his 2012 order as president to arrest a senior judge.

Nasheed

It said he was being charged under anti-terrorism laws, but did not specify why. Television stations in the country aired scenes of the arrest.

Nasheed resigned as president in February 2012 following weeks of public protests against his order to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed.

In 2013, he lost the presidential election to Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, a half-brother of the Indian ocean archipelago nation's 30-year autocratic ruler, Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.

AP

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