Nasheed seeks India military aid to quell Maldives crisis

Former President Mohamed Nasheed

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected leader of Maldives was charged with terrorism in March 2015 and granted asylum in the United Kingdom after he sought medical treatment there. "President Yameen should resign immediately".

"We would like the Indian government to send an envoy, backed by its military, to free the judges and the political detainees".

Yameen defied the ruling and ignored calls from the United Nations, European Union, and foreign governments, including India and the U.S., to comply with it. The government said it had been advised by the chief justice to follow due process in releasing the prisoners.

Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, told Sky News that the President's order is "tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives".

In a statement, the President's office said: "The President has been compelled to declare a state of emergency due to the risk now posed to national security".

In a swift development, security forces arrested two Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice, and on opposition leader and former President Maumoon Abdul Ghayoom.

Nasheed has also urged the United States "to stop all financial transactions of Maldives regime leaders going through USA banks".

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who is living in exile, urged India to use its military to end the political crisis in the Island nation.

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In a video posted online, the ex-president addressed his supporters (in Divehi), saying that he had not "done anything to warrant arrest" while urging them to "remain strong".

"The decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives to annul criminal proceedings against leading politicians and admit unfair trials against them is a positive step towards restoring the democratic principles in the country", it read.

In 2016, Nasheed sought political asylum in the United Kingdom (UK) after travelling there on medical leave from prison.

"We are working on making sure we can respect the Supreme Court order in a way that doesn't cause any difficulties to the people", he said at a rally in his support organised by his party.

Colonel Nazim, a former Defence Minister who was under house arrest, has now been moved back to jail by the Maldivian correctional services, in defiance of a 1 February 2018 Supreme Court order for his release.

Nasheed is among a total of nine individuals whom the apex court declared were subject to unfair judicial proceedings and therefore can not be kept in prison.

Mr Yameen has also taken away parliament's ability to impeach him.

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