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Maldives says int'l criticism of jailing ex-president unjust

Maldives calls int'l criticism of jailing ex-president unjust, says it followed due process

Maldives says int'l criticism of jailing ex-president unjust

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The Maldives government says it is being unjustly criticized over the terrorism conviction and 13-year jail term for the country's former president.

Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon told reporters on Monday that her country is a small nation being subjected to intense scrutiny.

The United States and European Union raised concerns about the court process that found former President Mohamed Nasheed guilty Friday over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. The court ruled the arrest was akin to abduction.

Nasheed was the archipelago state's first democratically elected president in 2008 but resigned after protests stemmed from the judge's arrest.


Updated : 2021-09-26 21:00 GMT+08:00