Nasheed rejects police summons

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 10:08 hrs

Male: A defiant Mohammad Nasheed has rejected a police summons to record his statement on his controversial order to arrest a top judge when he was President, amid claims by his party that he still enjoyed Maldivians' support as he was not a dictator like Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

44-year-old Nasheed "will not speak to the police," which had sought his statement in connection with its probe into his order to the military to arrest a judge, that had led to street protests culminating in his resignation, sources close to the ousted President said today.

Police had yesterday said that Nasheed, who claims that he was forced to step down, was not cooperating with them.

Meanwhile, Nasheed met a EU delegation here today and sought its support for his demand for early elections in the country.

"We want a mandate from the people as soon as possible. We want to go for elections as soon as possible," Maria Didi, an MP from Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), told reporters after the former President's meeting with the EU delegation.

Asked what the EU delegation's views were about early polls, she responded, "They said there are indications from other parties also for an early election. We hope that we are able to pull this."

She said not everybody wants the status quo to remain till 2013, when the polls are scheduled to take place. (More)

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