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Maldives ex-president Nasheed freed
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 06, 2013
First Published: 20:21 IST(6/3/2013)
Last Updated: 23:34 IST(6/3/2013)

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was freed on Wednesday after his overnight detention sparked anti-government protests that led to the arrest of over 80 opposition activists, police said.

India still sees a window of opportunity for the political parties to defuse the political crisis in Maldives after Nasheed walked out of police custody as his trial for alleged illegal detention of a judge has been deferred by four weeks by a court.

At the court, Nasheed sought deferment of his trial till the presidential polls in September, a demand agreed by the prosecutor.

But on the count that the Election Commission is yet to announce Nasheed as a presidential candidate for the elections, the court only postponed the trial by four weeks.

“Nasheed has walked out as a free man. He was taken into custody on orders of the court because he was evading court summons and not because of any vendetta as he claims,” President Mohamed Waheed’s press secretary Masood Imad said.

India sees the development “largely in consonance with what it has been conveying to Male.” Indian sources told HT “We still see an opportunity in all the parties sorting out the issue and holding the polls in time.”

Nasheed was arrested on Tuesday less than a fortnight after he left the Indian High Commission in Male where he was holed up for 11 days to evade arrest.

(With agency inputs)


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