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Maldives ex-president sentenced to 13 years in jail

Mohamed Nasheed convicted on terrorism charges

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Former Maldives president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been convicted of a terrorism charge by a criminal court and sentenced to 13 years in prison, reports the Al-Jazeera.

Nasheed, the Indian Ocean archipelago's first democratically elected leader, was convicted late on Friday under the country's tough anti-terror law of ordering the arrest of a chief judge when he was president in January 2012.

Police forcibly dragged the opposition leader into the court in the capital Malé on Monday, ignoring his plea to be allowed to walk in himself, and denied him medical attention despite the court ordering “necessary treatment”.

The three-judge bench on Friday, March 13, unanimously found Nasheed guilty of ordering the arrest of a chief judge in January 2012 when he was presidentof the Indian Ocean island nation.

"Nasheed is found guilty of arresting and illegally detaining judge Abdulla Mohamed," judge Abdulla Didi told the court in a verdict just before midnight. The 47-year-old Nasheed was then taken to Dhoonidhoo prison on an island near the capital Male.

Nasheed has denied ordering the arrest. His supporters say the charges are aimed at eliminating him as a challenger against incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the 2018 presidential election. 

A statement released by his office on Friday called the trial "blatantly politicised".

"President Nasheed was repeatedly denied legal representation, denied the right to appeal, his defence witnesses were prevented from taking the stand, and prosecution witnesses were routinely coached by the judges and the police," it said.

(Some material for this report come from The Daily Star and Al-Jazeera)

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