Saving the Maldives’ Drowning Democracy

March 25, 2015 9:49 AM

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Earlier this month, on Friday the 13th, a former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after a charade of a trial that produced a guilty verdict on “terrorism” charges.

The verdict was highly implausible. Nasheed had won an international award in 2012 for his leadership in nonviolent resistance. But it prompted Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to announce a campaign of mass civil resistance to overturn the judgment and also reform the corrupt judiciary.

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