The Maldives Supreme Court on 26 th of November quashed former president Mohammad Nasheed’s terrorism conviction and overturned his 13-year jail sentence. The former President had pulled out of the presidential race earlier this year after the Maldives Election Commission had barred him from contesting, citing his controversial 2015 conviction for detaining Criminal Court judge Abdulla Ghazee during his presidency in 2012. The Court said that Mr. Nasheed has been “wrongfully charged” and his conviction in the 2015 trial had been “politically motivated”. Since his conviction, Mr. Nasheed was in exile, after obtaining prison leave for medical treatment abroad. He lived in London and more recently in Colombo, from where he continued his political activism. His life overturned after a coalition led by his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) ousted incumbent President Yameen in a high-stakes election held in September. The apex court suspended Mr. Nasheed’s sentence last month, following a request for the Prosecutor General for a review of the earlier verdict. The October 30 order came days ahead of his arrival in male, ending his nearly three-year exile. The MDP welcomed the development by the Court.
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