Maldives. In February, former President Mohamed Nashid
was arrested for breaking the country's terrorist laws when,
in 2012, during his time as president, he dismissed and let
the Chief Justice of the Criminal Court be arrested.
trial of Nashid began the day after his arrest, which drew
sharp criticism from, among others, the UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights. In March, Nashid was sentenced to 13 years
in prison. In July, the government appealed the sentence and
Nashid's prison sentence was converted into house arrest.
The international criticism of the case prompted President
Abdulla Yamin to accuse the outside world of interfering
with the Maldives' internal affairs. In August, however,
Nashid was taken back to prison. In March, former Defense
Minister Mohamed Nazim was also sentenced to a long prison
sentence. Nazim, who was fired in January.
Political turmoil in the country continued in July when
Deputy President Mohamed Jamil Ahmed was ousted by
Parliament, accused of treason. In his place, Ahmed Adib was
sworn in as vice president. However, Adib was arrested in
October, suspected of treason. He was accused of having been
involved in an incident the month before when an explosion
occurred on President Yamin's boat. The president's wife and
two other people suffered minor injuries. Although a
November FBI investigation found no evidence that the
explosion was the result of a bomb attack, it was described
by the regime as an attempt to assassinate the president.
Adib was ousted by Parliament in November. The same month,
it was announced that he was charged with a number of
offenses. Among other things, he was suspected of terrorism
because he must have carried a gun.
Two days before the opposition party Maldives Democratic
Party (MDP), represented by President Nashid, would conduct
a planned demonstration, the president introduced a 30-day
state of emergency, but this was lifted after six days.