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Maldives court issues arrest warrant against ex-prez Nasheed

Maldives court issues arrest  warrant against ex-prez Nasheed
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Nasheed, 49, was granted political asylum in the UK  last May, after he was authorised by the Maldivian government to travel for medical treatment, while serving a 13-year sentence for a terror-related offence. 

“The warrant for Nasheed’s arrest was sought over an investigation into the alleged misuse of state funds during his presidency,” the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The Maldives correctional service is seeking to have him brought back to serve the remainder of his 13-year sentence on a terror conviction,” The Maldives Independent reported, citing the statement.
Nasheed was sentenced to jail in March 2015, after he was convicted on a terror-related charge, inviting widespread international condemnation.

The police were also authorised to arrest and bring back exiled leaders of the Maldives United Opposition –Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and Akram Kamaldeen – for refusing to obey summons issued on August 4, which ordered them to return to the Maldives within two weeks for questioning over unspecified charges, the paper said.

Jameel, who fled the Maldives in July 2015, has also been granted political refugee status by the UK. He has since been living in self-imposed exile in the UK. 
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