Maldives Supreme Court does U-turn after arrests

Maldives Supreme Court does U-turn after arrests

The Maldives Supreme Court has performed a U-turn on its decision to free nine convicted politicians, hours after the arrest of two of its judges.

The court’s remaining three judges have issued a statement saying the order has been revoked “in light of the concerns raised by the president”.

President Abdulla Yameen has declared a state of emergency to investigate a “coup” against him.

The opposition has called for other countries to intervene in the crisis.

President Yameen ordered the arrest of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, on Monday.

On Tuesday, the president gave a televised address saying: “I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges.”

The remaining judges then issued a statement saying they were rescinding the original order. (By Keshala Dias)

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