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Maldives top court revokes order to free prisoners

Colombo/Male, PTI Feb 7 2018, 1:27 IST
A Maldives policeman charges with baton towards protesters.

A Maldives policeman charges with baton towards protesters.

The Supreme Court of Maldives revoked an order to release nine high-profile political prisoners late on Tuesday.

The revocation came hours after former president Mohamed Nasheed sought India's military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in his country.

President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of Emergency on Monday. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the Emergency was declared. In a statement, the three remaining judges said they were revoking the order to release the prisoners "in light of the concerns raised by the President".

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