Maldives court reverses decision to free opponents of President Yameen from prison

State of Emergency was Declared in the Maldives

The Supreme Court has argued otherwise, saying "there are no obstacles in implementing the ruling and that this has been informed to the Prosecutor General's office". "We are asking for a physical presence", Nasheed said in his tweet.

"President Yameen has systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure, deprived elected members of parliament of their right to represent their voters in the legislature, revised laws to erode human rights. and weakened the institutions of government", the US State Department said in a statement.

"We expect the authorities of the Maldives to abide by the ruling and for the government to engage in inclusive dialogue with the leaders of all political parties".

The Indian Navy patrols sea lanes around Maldives as naval cooperation between the two countries are robust.

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In the few hours since emergency state was declared police have made a series of high profile arrests including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, two top court judges including the chief justice and the chief judicial administrator.

Meanwhile, Yameen's main political rival called on India to send an envoy - backed by its military - to free the imprisoned justices and opposition leaders.

The exiled leader of the Maldives opposition, Mohamed Nasheed, accused Yameen of acting illegally and called on the USA and India to step in and help remove him from office.

With the political crisis in the Maldives showing no signs of abating, the chief justice has reportedly also received threats to his life via anonymous telephone calls.

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Mr Yameen, 58, has presided over an escalating crackdown on dissent in the upmarket holiday paradise that has left nearly all the political opposition jailed since he came to power in 2013. No details were given about the investigation or charges against them.

"Government continues to carefully monitor the situation", the statement said. India had in 1988 intervened through "Operation Cactus" to save the then President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, from a coup attempt carried out by Sri Lankan Tamil militants on behalf of the Maldivian businessman Abdulla Luthufi.

Gayoom, an estranged half-brother of Yameen, has sided with the opposition led-by former President Mohammad Nasheed, who is living in exile. He lost the 2013 election to Yameen, then was convicted under Maldives' anti-terrorism laws in a trial widely criticized by worldwide rights groups.

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