Protests erupted in Malé the Maldivian capital as former Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended police headquarters this afternoon (2 Aug, 2012) in response to a summons issued by the Maldives Police Service.
In an earlier exclusive interview with Shahidul Alam of Drik, the former president, expressed his concern about the erosion of democracy and the return of military rule.
Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in a statement on July 31, accused President Mohamed Waheed’s administration of “demonstrating a clear pattern of abuse of power and tactics aimed at removing President Nasheed from the upcoming Presidential race.”
While the MDP had expressed “extreme concern” for Nasheed’s “personal safety”, citing previous “assaults” reports say Nasheed left police headquarters around 5:40 pm, joining more than a thousand cheering supporters.
Nasheed was reported to have been released shortly before Iftar. He was let out through a back exit, away from the gaze of media professionals and supporters waiting outside.
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