Maldives' top judge arrested as state of emergency declared

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Dubai [U.A.E.], February 05 (ANI): In a big blow to democracy and civilian rule in the Maldives, President Mohammed Yameen (give full name) has put the army on alert and refused to follow the orders of the Supreme Court to reinstate sacked 12 opposition Members if Parliament or allow the release of other detained prisoners.

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

The detention of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge raised the stakes after Mr Yameen refused to comply with an order to release nine political dissidents.

"We issued a travel advisory warning our nationals against the non-essential travel and we are evaluating the developments including the security situation", said the official.

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President Abdulla Yameen has accused the court of overstepping its authority, and says he has established the state of emergency to "determine how deep this plot, this coup goes".

India has asked the "Government of Maldives to respect and abide by the order of the apex court" and said it "wishes to see a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives".

India intervened in the Maldives in 1988 to foil a coup against the government but it is considered unlikely they would heed Mr Nasheed's call for intervention this time.

"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. The arrest of the Supreme Court Chief Justice and political figures are also reasons for concern. The government announced a 15-day state of emergency Monday night, giving it sweeping powers, including to make arrests, search and seize property and restrict freedom of assembly.

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Early on Tuesday opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was charged with bribery and attempting to overthrow the government, his lawyer said on Twitter.

According to wire reports, a clash between Yameen and exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed has led to political instability and social unrest over the past week.

The UK's Foreign Office said British nationals in the capital, Male, should "exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies", but that outlying islands and resorts - and the global airport - were not affected.

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