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Ousted President Mohamed Nasheed Placed Under Maldives 'Island Arrest' By Regime

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The Island President is now under island arrest.

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has been placed under a travel ban by the regime who toppled him from office back in February.

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A court in Male has placed him under a travel ban preventing him from travelling beyond the Maldives' capital, Male, according to Shauna Aminath, a spokeswoman for his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

"The order prevents him from leaving Male as well as the country," Aminath reported. "He has already written to the court asking them to expedite the case against him."

In July, the same court refused to try Nasheed saying it had no jurisdiction, but a higher court ruled it could hear allegations that he ordered the illegal arrest of a judge in January.

Nasheed ordered senior judge Abdullah Mohamed's arrest in January over corruption allegations in a move that triggered weeks of protests capped by a police mutiny that saw him ousted as leader on 7 February.

The charge of wrongful arrest of a judge carries up to three years in prison or exile to a remote island.

The order made yesterday prevents Mr Nasheed from making political campaign visits to other islands in the archipelago nation.

It was placed the day he returned from a 10-day visit to the UK, and on the same day the country's President Waheed addressed the UN in New York on the need for justice in the islands. Mr Waheed is Mr Nasheed's former deputy.

The move by the regime follows the publication of a report compiled by a specially-appointed Commission on the Island, which has offered a different version of events from Mr Nasheed's account of the coup which ended his term in office after just over three years in office.

Mr Nasheed has frequently told the international press of being forced to resign at gunpoint, following threats made to himself and his family, but this has been disputed by the regime which has since replaced his administration. There is yet to be another election held in the country, with President Waheed ruling out polls before July of next year.

Soon after his downfall, the government secured a warrant for his arrest on charges of abuse of power but the warrant was never executed following international pressure on the new regime.

Mr Nasheed became the first democratically elected president of the atoll nation after winning its first multi-party elections in 2008.

When he spoke to the Huffington Post UK last week, he voiced his concerns about the Commission's report into the transfer of power, saying, "What is worrying is that there was only one independent commissioner, and he resigned before the report was released. After that, when he came out with so many reservations it became very difficult."

However, although the former president disputed the report's version of events, he insisted he would accept them, as long as both sides followed all the many other recommendations made in the document.

He told HuffPost UK, "We want to move forward. The report doesn't just talk about the transfer of power, it talks about wrong-doings. In fact, the report very clearly states that the country can only maintain stability or come to stability when these recommendations are implemented, and these are issues that we've been talking about for ages, issues we've not been able to settle ourselves, so we'd like to see the report implemented."

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