Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-president Nasheed

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016,17:20 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Colombo | The Maldives government said today it was seeking the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed for failing to return to the archipelago to complete a prison sentence after receiving medical treatment in Britain.

Nasheed, the Maldives’ first democratically-elected leader, recently won political asylum in Britain after being granted permission to travel there for treatment while serving a 13-year sentence for a terror-related offence.

“A court order (has been) issued for arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed,” the government said in a statement, issued after Nasheed flew to neighbouring Sri Lanka.