06 Feb '18, 8pm

Maldives Supreme Court in U-turn over freeing dissidents

MALE: The Maldives' highest court on Tuesday (Feb 6) revoked an order to release high-profile political prisoners a day after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the honeymoon islands and arrested two top judges on corruption charges. The remaining three judges of the Supreme Court said they were rescinding their Feb 1 order to release the prisoners "in light of the concerns raised by the President". "The Supreme Court bench hereby rescinds number 5 of its order to release the individuals," a statement said. The court's original decision signed by all five judges of the apex court had quashed a terrorism conviction against former president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, among others. The shock move was seen as clearing the way for Nasheed to end his self-imposed exile and return to the country to contest elections later this year. But Yameen r...

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