Written by Staff Writer
19 Jan, 2016 | 9:05 pm
The Maldivian opposition leader and former president, Mohamed Nasheed, has left for the United Kingdom for back surgery.
According to Nasheed’s party, the former president’s departure was delayed by a day, after the government imposed new conditions on his trip. The Maldivian government said Nasheed had signed an undertaking to return after his treatment.
On Sunday, January 17 his lawyers noted the government was insisting that he nominates a family member to stay in the capital, Male, to guarantee his return. However, the Maldivian Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon stated it was “standard procedure” for any prisoner travelling abroad for medical treatment to sign a guarantee.
The former Maldivian President flew from Male to Colombo, and thereafter to UK on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL104
Mohamed Nasheed was detained in 2012, after being accused of ordering the arrest of a judge, and later resigned months later amid an army mutiny and public protests over the judge’s fate.
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