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Mar 05, 2013 at 03:57pm IST

Maldives: Ex-President Nasheed arrested in Male, likely to be produced in court tomorrow

Male: Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed was on Tuesday arrested in the island country's capital Male in connection with a case of abuse of power. Nasheed will likely be produced in a court on Wednesday at 4 pm.

The arrest came after a local court issued a warrant against 45-year-old Nasheed. Nasheed had left the Indian High Commission in Male, where he took refuge for 11 days, on the condition of no arrest and on hopes of taking part in elections due in September.

He was overthrown by the current government in a coup in February 2012. Nasheed took refuge in the Indian embassy on February 13 to evade arrest warrant issued by a court in a case concerning the detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court during his Presidency in January 2012.

In an interview to CNN-IBN on March 1, Nasheed had admitted he was worried about the "precarious" situation he is facing in his country. "Right now they seem to have restrained themselves from arresting me, but the situation continues. I still have the court cases against me and when I wanted to travel to Abu Dhabi for a cultural function, the government did not allow me to travel. Because of the violent nature of the coup and since I have unfinished business, I am worried. Last week, a number of journalists were very badly beaten up. It is an issue of serious concern for us," the ex-President had said.