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Arrest of the former President of Maldives

March 05, 2013

In response to a query on the arrest of the former President of Maldives, the Official Spokesperson said:

"We have received information that former President Nasheed was taken into (Police) custody following an order issued by the Hulhumale Magistrate Court to produce him at 1600 hrs on March 6, 2013;

India expects due process and the Rule of Law would be followed; We would urge all concerned to exercise caution and restraint and not to resort to any violence or extra-constitutional means and steps which would weaken the democratic system;

We have been informed that former President Nasheed's lawyers and family are going to meet him now as allowed by the authorities;

We are monitoring the situation closely.”

New Delhi
March 5, 2013

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