After all the hue and cry over arrest and conviction of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, the United Nations has come out openly against it. The Human Rights Commission has asked the government in Maldives to do something concrete favouring the release of the erstwhile leader.
In close line with this, government officials in Maldives arrested a number of protestors for demanding the release of Nasheed. The overnight demonstrations took an ugly turn when protestors became violent leaving several police personnel injured. This resulted in several of them being arrested.
The arrested included politicians from the opposition party in Maldives besides some other supporters. The former president is serving a 13-year jail sentence for facilitating the arrest of a former judge of Supreme Court Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 when he was president. He had to step down from the top post following mass protests and demonstration.
Nasheed was arrested last month after a lot of deliberations. He was subjected to an allegedly hurried and biased trial on March 13 which saw him convicted to 13 years in prison. The trial and conviction was met with criticism from all quarters. It is believed to be politically motivated. It is an easy way to throw Nasheed out of the fray for the next presidential elections in the country in 2018.
The government of Maldives views the interference from a different perspective. It is not prepared to tolerate any form of interference in its internal matters, particularly about a judgment delivered by its judiciary.