India disturbed over declaration of emergency in the Maldives

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According to reports, Maldives former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, chief justice of Supreme Court Abdulla Saeed and another judge Ali Hameed have been arrested.

India to send envoy, backed by its military, to release judges & pol. detainees inc.

Political turmoil has swept the Maldives since the surprise court ruling last week ordering the release of the opposition leaders, including many of Yameen's main political rivals.

Since coming to power in 2013, President Abdulla Yameen has presided over an escalating crackdown on dissent that has battered the image of the nation and left nearly all the political opposition jailed.

The whereabouts of the court's other two judges were not known yesterday.

Eva Abdulla, an opposition legislator said the latest declaration of State of Emergency "is an indication of President Yameen's desperation"."It only serves to show an isolated man who no longer has the confidence of the Maldivian people and independent institutions".

Opposition supporters protest against the government's delay in releasing their jailed leaders, including former president Mohamed Nasheed, despite a Supreme Court order, in Male, Maldives, February 4, 2018.

Nasheed slammed the Emergency declared by President Yameen, terming it to be tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives.

In the wake of emergency being declared in the Maldives, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday advised citizens to defer all non-essential travels to the country and urged expatriates to remain on alert due to the recent developments.

Three of the five Supreme Court Justices for the Maldives have annulled their own order to free political prisoners after two of the court's justices were arrested.

The sudden reversal capped a crackdown in which police also detained Yameen's half-brother, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has sided with the opposition, on charges of bribery and trying to overthrow the government. Nasheed was one of the opposition leaders that the court ordered freed. "We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was", he said.

Officials said the government is in discussion with other countries who are "concerned about the situation" and the interest of its citizens living in the island nation is at the top of New Delhi's mind.

Both countries made the decision after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency. His son-in-law Mohamed Nadheem was also arrested.

He was granted medical leave in 2016 and travelled to Britain where he was granted asylum.

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