Maldives' top court cancels jail sentence of former president Nasheed

Published: November 26, 2018 19:55:06 | Updated: November 28, 2018 10:17:58

The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday cancelled 13-year jail sentence awarded for former president Mohamed Nasheed after a review of the controversial terrorism conviction.

The top court said the island nation’s first democratically elected leader was wrongfully charged and the criminal court should not have proceeded to trial, reports Reuters.

Under former leader Abdulla Yameen’s administration, which jailed a number of opposition leaders on various charges, the Supreme Court previously upheld the conviction in 2016.

Yameen lost power in the September presidential election to Nasheed’s ally Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Nasheed had been found guilty of ordering the military to arresting and detaining the Maldives’ criminal court’s chief judge in January 2012.

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