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Nasheed takes refuge in Indian embassy

Posted on Feb 13, 09:26PM | IBNS

Male, Feb 13 : Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday said he has taken refuge at the Indian High Commission here after a court issued an arrest warrant against him.

"Mindful of my own security and stability in the Indian Ocean, I have taken refuge at the Indian High Commission in Maldives," Nasheed tweeted.

Nasheed made the move after a Maldivian court issued an arrest warrant against the former President after he failed to attend a court hearing on Feb 10 in connection to the detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdullah Mohamed last year.

The police will not be able to arrest him till he is inside the Indian High Commission.

Reacting to the development, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "The situation in Maldives is a matter of serious concern."

"I have spoken to NSA (National Security Advisor) and asked him that the Government should keep us informed in this regard," she said.

Nasheed on Feb 7 last year resigned after public protests disrupted the island nation for weeks over his order to arrest chief judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed.