Mohamed Nasheed snubs China; asks India to play function of 'liberators'

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Judge Hameed and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed are accused of accepting bribes to impeach the president.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has expressed serious concern over the declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and asked the government led by President Abdulla Yameen to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. On Monday, when Supreme Court ordered for the release of the opposition leaders, Nasheed was in Colombo, Sri Lanka. That has been the old, familiar political script in the Maldives and a handful of countries in the neighbourhood.

Maldives has had one presidential crisis after another for years, but the current crisis began most acutely in March 2015, when president Abdulla Yameen jailed Mohamed Nasheed, a former president who had been the only democratically elected president in the country's history.

The court's remaining three judges issued a statement saying the order has been revoked in light of the concerns raised by the president.

India's readying of its armed forces follows Tuesday's request by exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed for Delhi to dispatch an envoy backed by its military to assist in lifting the state of emergency on the island.

China has warned against any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation in the island nation where embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who is closely allied with Beijing, declared a state of emergency on Monday and arrested two top judges.

The decree gives the government sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property, and restricts freedom of assembly.

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Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is now travelling to Saudi Arabia. However, Dunya Maumoon, Mr. Gayoom's daughter and a minister of state in President Yameen's administration, rejected Mr. Nasheed's comment about her father, telling Reuters: "I just visited my father".

While Yameen may say that all is fine and as usual, former president Mohammed Nasheed tweeted to the Indian government requesting an intervention. Dunya is former Maldivian foreign minister and daughter of the now incarcerated former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Yameen has ordered a 15-day state of emergency and imposed martial law, giving him and the police unlimited authority to arrest anyone without charging them. On the website of the democratic party has published a comment calling for the release of political prisoners.

Yameen also approved China's Belt and Road project, a network of highways, railways, sea lanes and ports that aims to connect Asia, Africa and Europe.

Qasim was subsequently jailed for three years on a bribery charge, but was given asylum in Germany after travelling there for medical treatment.

Earlier, India had issued an advisory to its nationals asking them not to undertake any non-essential travel to the Maldives.

"I declared the state of emergency because there was no way to hold these justices accountable".

The Chinese official media which was silent since the crisis broke out in Maldives last week came out today in support of President Yameen's regime.