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Maldives president declares war on top court, refuses to enforce its order

The government response came after last week's court order that said the dissident political leaders' guilty verdicts had been politically influenced

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Won't release, retry political prisoners: Maldives govt rejects SC order
Abdulla Yameen. Photo: Reuters

The Maldives' government says it will not enforce a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president. Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor said today that "the government does not believe that the Supreme Court ruling to release the political prisoners can be enforced." The government response came after last week's court order that said the dissident political leaders' guilty verdicts had been politically influenced. The ruling has led to protests by opposition supporters urging the government to obey the order.

Clashes erupted between police and the political opponents on Thursday and Friday. The and several foreign governments, including the United States, have urged the Maldives to respect the court order.

First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 16:29 IST
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