Maldives crisis deepens after State declares emergency

Feb 06, 2018, 6:03 AM EST
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen refused to implement Supreme Court order to free jailed opposition leaders.
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A week-long political upheaval in the Maldives escalated on Monday after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency following his tussle with the country’s top court over the release of jailed political dissidents.

The crisis erupted last week after the Supreme Court ruled the 2015 trial of former President Mohamed Nasheed “unconstitutional” and ordered the release of a group of opposition leaders, which Yameen refused to implement, writes the BBC.

Maldives police have arrested the chief justice of the Supreme Court amid calls from Nasheed that the security forces should uphold the constitution and serve the Maldivian people, notes The Guardian.