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Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 12:38
"Sri Lanka should ensure Nasheed's safety" - Amal Clooney
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Globally renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has urged Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the safety of her client and former President of the Maldives Mohammed Nasheed.

Her message comes in the wake of recent remarks made by Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Male’s Ambassador-designate to Colombo, that he would have Nasheed arrested if the latter set foot in Sri Lanka.

Responding to his comment, Clooney said that any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law.

The report added that the Sri Lankan authorities have not responded to the development so far. Nasheed, 50, was the Maldives’s first democratically elected head of state and served four years as President.

He was convicted in 2015 on terrorism charges following a trial that many, including the UN Group on Arbitrary Detention, criticized.

In 2016, he flew to London on prison leave for medical treatment and was granted asylum soon after.

Since then, he has been travelling frequently to Sri Lanka.

In August 2016, he secretly flew from London to Colombo to firm up plans with fellow dissidents to unseat President Abdulla Yameen, but their attempt failed.

(Source: The Hindu)
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