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Maldives’ state of emergency raises risks of protests, security forces’ violent response, and a change in government

06 February 2018


On 5 February 2018 the Maldives National Defense Forces (MNDF) occupied the Supreme Court and arrested Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and one other judge, according to national media.

This followed a Supreme Court ruling on 1 February that reinstated 12 disqualified MPs, ousted after defecting from the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM). Also, more importantly, the court called for the release of and retrials for nine opposition leaders due to unconstitutional “politically motivated investigations followed by trials where prosecutors and judges were unduly influenced.”

When the Maldives Police Service official Twitter account announced that the commissioner and deputy commissioner would uphold the ruling, President Abdulla Yameen dismissed the commissioner.

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