Clashes in Maldives as court orders imprisoned politicians' release

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In Maldives, Opposition parties have appealed to the global community including the UN, EU, and India to impress upon the Maldives Government to respect the Supreme Court ruling, which called for release of Opposition leaders.

Every time the opposition tried to play a hand, Mr Yameen stopped them in their tracks.

On Friday he told AFP the decision cleared the way for him to return to the Maldives , a south Asian atoll nation known as a honeymooners' paradise.

In a press briefing held in Male, Attorney General Uz.

The exiled former president of the said Friday he will run again for office, hours after a surprise decision to free a group of political prisoners led to unrest in the capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago. In this regard, the Attorney General said that the Prosecutor General was now in the process of examining the cases to determine the best way to proceed with the implementation of the Supreme Court's ruling, and that the Prosecutor General would present recommendations at the earliest.

"There is absolutely no indication that Yameen is going to abide by the court ruling". His conviction and 13-year sentence was internationally condemned, and he was given political asylum in the UK. And in the tumultuous world of Maldivian politics, things can change very quickly.

Sri Lanka has called for a peaceful solution to the situation in the Maldives.

Senior MDP (the main opposition party) leader and former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem told TOI that Yameen was working to appoint his "cronies" to the Supreme Court bench.

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The ruling said all political prisoners must be released as the trials against them violated the Maldives' Constitution and worldwide law.

One of the others also lives in exile; the other seven are jailed in the Maldives' largest prison, on the island of Maafushi.

The court said the "questionable and politically motivated nature of the trials of the political leaders warrant a retrial".

Yameen's government Saturday announced postponement of the functioning of Maldives' Parliament due to "security reasons" further fuelling the perception that he was not going to follow the court order.

The Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago of almost 1,200 islands with a population of just 390,000 people, was ruled for three decades by strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

It became a multi-party democracy in 2008, but since President Yameen took power in 2013 it has faced questions over freedom of speech, the detention of opponents and the independence of the judiciary.

The nation is made up of 26 coral atolls and 1,192 individual islands, and is popular among foreigners as a luxury tourist destination.