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Maldives chief justice, SC judge arrested as president Yameen declares emergency

The high profile arrests followed after Monday’s arrest of ex-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the estranged half brother of Yameen.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:46 IST
Agence France-Presse, Male
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A Maldives policeman charges with baton towards protesters after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male early Tuesday.(AP Photo)

Maldives Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge were arrested early Tuesday, hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency, police said.

Justices Saeed and Ali Hameed were arrested along with the court’s top administrator Hassan Saeed after security forces stormed the court complex in Male, with police citing complaints of corruption against them in a brief statement.

The high profile arrests followed Monday’s arrest ex-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the estranged half brother of Yameen.

The declaration of a state of emergency for 15 days followed a tense stand off between Yameen and the Supreme Court which had ordered the release of nine political prisoners.

The top court had also ordered the reinstatement of 12 legislators who had been sacked for defecting to the opposition. The move had effectively given the opposition a majority in the 85-member parliament clearing the way for a possible impeachment of Yameen.

Gayoom had sided with the main opposition and was campaigning for the toppling of his half brother.

Gayoom was taken into custody along with his son-in-law, the family said. They were taken away by the police who broke down the main door to their home in the capital, his daughter Yumna Maumoon said on Twitter.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 08:36 IST