Arrest warrant for Mohamed Nasheed; Family flee to Sri Lanka

A criminal court in the Maldives has issued an arrest order for former president Mohamed Nasheed and his former defence minister, officials from his party told AFP today.

“The court has given the order to arrest Nasheed and the (former) defence minister,” said Adam Gafoor, a senior figure in Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party.

A second party source confirmed the news, but new Maldives police chief Abdulla Riyas said he had no knowledge of the order. “I am not aware of it,” he said.

Nasheed resigned on Tuesday amid protests over his rule. He says he was forced to resign by security forces. It is unclear what the charges against the former president might be.

The wife and daughters of former Maldives’ president Mohamed Nasheed have fled to Colombo as violence worsens, a presidential spokesman in Sri Lanka and a family member told AFP on Thursday.

“His wife and two children arrived and spoke to the president over the phone last evening,” a spokesman for Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse, Bandula Jayasekera, told AFP.

“President Rajapakse was concerned over the safety of Mr. Nasheed and his family.”

A family member in Male, who asked not to be named, confirmed the news, saying: “They are in Sri Lanka. It’s much safer than here.”

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