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Maldives must let ex-president contest election, U.N. rights group says

FILE PHOTO: A supporter of former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed shouts slogans during a protest against the current president of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen, demanding the release of opposition political prisoners in front of the Maldives embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Maldives must quash the conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed and allow him to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year, the U.N. Human Rights Committee said in a finding published on Monday.

The panel of independent experts, who oversee governments’ compliance with the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, said Nasheed’s conviction on terrorism charges was based on vague laws, contained serious flaws and violated his right to a fair trial.

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