Maldives faces global rap after Nasheed is jailed

March 14, 2015 11:10 PM

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COLOMBO: The government of the Maldives on Saturday faced international condemnation, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison under anti-terrorism laws. In a court hearing late on Friday, Nasheed, who was arrested on February 22 over the detention of a judge in 2012, was charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1990. The former president has a constitutional right of appeal to the high court of the Maldives.

India voiced "deep concern" over the developments in Maldives. "We are deeply concerned over the developments in the Maldives. We are monitoring the situation there," said the spokesman of external affairs ministry.

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