27 Feb '15, 3pm

Mass protest in Maldives over ex-leader's arrest - Channel NewsAsia

Mass protest in Maldives over ex-leader's arrest - Channel NewsAsia

MALE: Supporters of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed streamed to the tiny capital island Male on Friday (Feb 27) for a mass protest against his detention on terror charges, which has sparked international condemnation. Organisers said they expected a "big crowd" for the protest, held a day after a court gave the opposition leader just three days to prepare his defence against charges his supporters say are trumped up and denied him access to his legal team. Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, was arrested on Sunday and charged with terrorism over the detention of criminal court judge Abdullah Mohamed in 2012, when he was still president. The United States and regional power India have voiced concern over the charges, which carry a jail sentence of more than 10 years, and the manner in which Nasheed was dragged roughly into court on Monday a...

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