Legal Politics

Maldives security forces vow to quash moves by top court to arrest President

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MALE, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — The Maldives government on Sunday revealed an imminent move by the country’s top court to have president Abdulla Yameen arrested with the police and army insisting that such an order will not be enforced, local media reported.

Attorney General (AG) Mohamed Anil, seated beside the army and police chief on Sunday morning, told reporters that the government has received information that a Supreme Court order to arrest President Yameen was imminent.

However, the AG labelled the move as “unconstitutional” and said the police and the army would reject any order by the Supreme Court to have the President arrested.

Chief of Defense Force Major General Ahmed Shiyam, quoted by local media, said the army would only act in accordance with the laws and constitution, adding that it would follow the legal advice of the AG.

“The army would not stand by watch while the Maldives goes into a crisis. The army would not obey an unconstitutional order,” Shiyam insisted.

Newly appointed Police Chief Abdulla Nawaz shared the same statement.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, one of the leaders ordered to be released by the Supreme Court last week, vowed to have both the army and police chief arrested after the duo said they would quash the move by the Supreme Court to have President Yameen arrested.

Maldives has been plunged into a crisis following a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday ordering the release of opposition leaders who were facing criminal charges.

In a brief but dramatic and unexpected statement, the Supreme Court said the prisoners were free until fair trials could be conducted without undue influence.

Since then clashes have erupted across the capital, with opposition supporters clashing with the police.

The Secretary General of the Maldives Parliament, Ahmed Mohamed also announced his resignation on Sunday amid the ongoing political crisis.

Ahmed Mohamed’s resignation comes a day after the parliament announced its decision to cancel its opening Parliament session slated for Monday citing security reasons.

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