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MALE | A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for former President Mohamed Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging Indian Ocean democracy.
Police spokesman Abdul Mannan Yusuf refused to disclose the grounds for the criminal court’s warrant, or say when Mr. Nasheed - who is living at his Male home, surrounded by supporters - would be arrested.
Later, police Commissioner Abdullah Riaz said it was not clear if the warrant was constitutional. He declined to provide details but said the warrant’s legality was still being examined.
Mr. Nasheed had announced he was voluntarily resigning Tuesday after months of protests against his rule and fading support from the police and the army.
But the next day, as former Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan was forming a new government, Mr. Nasheed suddenly announced he actually had been pushed from power at gunpoint.
The dispute threatens the crucial tourism industry of this mostly Muslim nation of 300,000 people, which relies on dozens of high-end resorts that cater to the rich and famous.
Bali bombing trial to start Monday
JAKARTA | An Indonesian accused of making the explosives used in the 2002 Bali bombings is scheduled to go on trial next week on terrorism and murder charges, a court official said Thursday.
Umar Patek, 41, was Asia’s most wanted terror suspect, with a $1 million bounty on his head, when authorities caught up with him Jan. 25, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan - the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. commando attack four months later.
He will be tried at the West Jakarta District Court beginning Monday, said court spokesman Mirdin Alamsyah. Another court official, Ricar Nasution, said the five-judge panel would be led by the court’s chief, Lexsy Mamoto.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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