MALE: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed took refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male today as police attempted to arrest him, risking fresh protests by his supporters who say he was overthrown in a coup last February.
Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader, was removed from office in contested circumstances and his supporters have frequently clashed with security forces in the Indian Ocean archipelago famous as a luxury tourist resort.
Riot police barricaded the street outside the high commission after Nasheed’s arrival at noon, as his supporters began to gather in protest against his possible arrest.
Nasheed wrote on his Twitter page that mindful of his own security and stability in the Indian Ocean, he had taken refuge at the Indian High Commission in Maldives.
A police spokesman said a court ordered police to arrest Nasheed after he missed a Friday court appearance in a case relating to accusations that he illegally detained a judge during the last days of his rule.