Maldives crisis: Supreme Court annuls own order freeing prisoners

By: AP | Male |
Updated: February 6, 2018 11:29 pm

Maldives crisis: Police officers stand guard on a street after Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days, in Male, Maldives February 6, 2018. (Photo via Reuters/File)

Three Maldives Supreme Court justices on Tuesday annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians after two of the court’s justices were arrested amid a political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. The new ruling came as President Yameen Abdul Gayoom moved to assert his power over the court, declaring a state of emergency and ordering security forces to raid the court compound where they arrested the justices.

Political turmoil has swept the Maldives since the surprise court ruling last week ordering the release of the opposition leaders, including many of…

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