The former president of the Maldives was charged Monday with illegally ordering the arrest of a senior judge, escalating tensions on the Indian ocean island nation.
Mr. Nasheed told The Washington Times in an interview late last month that he was forced to resign following what he described as a coup by Islamic radicals, the police and the military.
Amnesty International said the case against Mr. Nasheed appeared to be politically motivated.
The government has also cracked down on Mr. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party. The former president’s supporters have taken to the streets of the Maldivian capital, Male, demanding early elections. The government says the earliest date that elections can be held under the country’s constitution is July 2013.
A Commission of National Inquiry, which is investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr. Nasheed’s resignation, is expected to publish its report on July 31.
Mr. Nasheed ended Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s 30-year-rule when he won the presidential election in 2008.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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