India ‘interfering’ in Maldives’ affairs

AFP-JIJI

Indian diplomats are “interfering” in the country’s affairs by sheltering former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed at the Indian High Commission in Male, a senior Maldivian government official said Saturday.

Nasheed has remained at the facility since Wednesday after taking refuge there to avoid being arrested over his failure to appear in court last weekend to face charges of abuse of power while he was president. “The fact of the matter is that some individual Indian diplomats are interfering in our internal affairs. This must stop,” a senior government official said, asking not to be named.

The official echoed Home Minister Mohamed Jameel’s remarks that no country should prevent a citizen of another country from facing charges.