International Human Rights Activists To Help Nasheed In Flight To Freedom

In a serious battle for freedom, former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has disclosed a team of extremely efficient international human rights lawyers including Amal Clooney. The team is to appeal against the alleged arbitrary detention of Nasheed.

A representative from Freedom Now, a group campaigning for freedom of political prisoners, Jared Genser, is also to be one of the group. A former UN rights chief on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson, is also to be a part of the group.

The decisions of the team of international lawyers is going to affect the mindset the international community is to have with respect to Nasheed. It is likely to affect a possible decision on imposing sanctions on Maldives.

It is significant to note that Nasheed was awarded a prison term of 13 years by members of the judiciary in Maldives on charges of terrorism. He was found guilty of holding former chief justice Abdulla Mohamed in captivity without legal terms.

The trial was alleged to be unfair by several international and national organizations. His lawyers were not provided the details of court proceedings in time. They were not given sufficient time to prepare their case against the prosecution.

President Abdulla Yameen has been under relentless pressure from international quarters. There has been a criticism of the trial by the government of India too. Several demonstrations were organised at the local level too to put pressure on the government to effect Nasheed's release.

Nasheed’s political career was cut short when the Maldivian Parliament passed a bill that bars convicts or those convicted of a crime from contesting elations in Maldives.

 

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