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Jailed ex-pres Nasheed back to Sri Lanka

Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 April 2017, MVT 20:37
Former President Mohamed Nasheed pictured speaking. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 April 2017, MVT 20:37

Convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed arrived in neighbouring Sri Lanka again on Thursday, marking his third visit to the South Asian nation this year.

He had previously visited first on January 29 and then again on March 19 to hold political meetings with the main opposition of the Maldives, and to meet some of Sri Lanka’s top politicians and diplomats for talks. He had returned to the United Kingdom, where he currently resides, at the end of last month to participate in an assembly held at Oxford University.

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) confirmed that the former president is back in Sri Lanka but did not disclose his intention or the duration of his stay.

Former President Nasheed is currently facing a second terrorism charge over the arbitrary detention of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom during the former’s regime in June 2010. However, the first hearing of his trial was cancelled as the court has not been able to deliver the summons to Nasheed yet.

Nasheed is already sentenced to thirteen years in jail under terrorism charges for the arbitrary detention of the High Court’s former Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed during his presidency. Nasheed has since fled to the United Kingdom where he has been living under political asylum for over a year. This is his fourth visit to Sri Lanka since shifting to the UK.