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Jailed ex-pres returns to UK after Sri Lanka visit

Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 May 2017, MVT 02:08
Former President Nasheed (R) with MDP's deputy leader Shifaz in Sri Lanka. PHOTO/MDP
Fathmath Shaahunaz
13 May 2017, MVT 02:08

Convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed has returned to the United Kingdom, where he lives under political asylum, after ending his visit to Sri Lanka.

An official of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) confirmed that he departed for the UK late Thursday. Nasheed arrived in Sri Lanka last March where he met with the country’s top political figures and international diplomats for talks.

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, his trial is at halt as Nasheed is not in the country.

He 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 was his fourth visit to Sri Lanka since shifting to the UK.

Meanwhile, Nasheed has vowed to return to the Maldives but remain ambiguous as to the date of his return.

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