Maldives Ex-President Says Supreme Court Judge Ill-Treated In Prison

MALE/COLOMBO:  The exiled former president of the Maldives on Wednesday accused authorities of ill-treatment of a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of emergency in the Indian Ocean island nation.

The Maldives has been in crisis since last week, when the Supreme Court quashed convictions ranging from corruption to terrorism of nine opposition figures, including former president Mohamed Nasheed, its first democratically elected leader.

Tension came to a head when President Abdulla Yameen’s government rejected the ruling, imposing an emergency on Monday and then, in the early hours of Tuesday, arresting the chief justice and another judge of the court.

Judge Ali Hameed was being harshly treated, Nasheed, who was granted asylum by Britain after the Male government allowed him to leave jail for medical treatment abroad in 2016, said in a Twitter post.

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