Maldives court issues 2nd warrant for ex-president

AP News
Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:00 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Maldives police said they have asked for help from the Foreign Ministry in arresting the country's former president, who has taken refuge inside the Indian embassy.

A court issued a second arrest warrant for Mohamed Nasheed to face charges he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge while president, police spokesman Hasan Haneef said Monday. The judge's detention led to Nasheed's ouster from power last year.

Nasheed took refuge inside the Indian embassy last Wednesday, when the court issued an earlier arrest warrant against him for failing to appear to face the charges. Nasheed's party has said his life is under threat.

The Indian government has said it will deal with Nasheed on a day-to-day basis.

Nasheed says the charges are politically motivated to disqualify him from running in a presidential election in September. Party spokesman Abdul Gaffoor said Nasheed was displeased with the judges selected for the hearing and would face the court if he is given a fair trial.

Nasheed became the Maldives' first democratically elected president in 2008, ending a 30-year autocracy. He resigned last year after losing the support of the military and police during weeks of public protests over the judge's detention. His deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, succeeded him.

An inquiry commission last year dismissed Nasheed's claim that he was ousted in a coup.