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Monday, 08 October 2012 - 12:27
Maldivian police arrest ex-leader Nasheed
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Maldivian police today arrested the country's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed after he again failed to turn up for the start of a trial for abuse of power.

The arrest came after a special court on Sunday ordered police to arrest Nasheed, who had challenged the legality of a criminal trial against him.

The magistrates court on the island of Hulhumale issued the arrest warrant after Nasheed failed for a second time to show up before a special three-judge bench set up to try him.

A court official said the warrant asked police to "keep Nasheed in custody until he is produced before the court

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