Former Maldives president jailed for 13 years

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MALÉ, Maldives: Former Maldives president and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of a terrorism charge, a ruling likely to fuel further unrest in the honeymoon islands. A three-judge criminal court unanimously found Nasheed, the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first democratically elected leader, guilty of ordering the arrest of a chief judge when he was president in January 2012. Nasheed, however, remained defiant and through his office urged supporters to take to the streets and continue the protests they have been holding since his incarceration on February 22. “I appeal to all of you today to stay courageous and strong, to confront the dictatorial power of this regime,” his office quoted him as saying.

AFP

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