No 'deal' in Nasheed leaving Indian high commission: Maldives

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 15:36 hrs

Male: A day after ex-president Mohamed Nasheed walked out of the Indian high commission here, the Maldivian government on Sunday made it clear that there was no deal with India and that the case against him would continue as normal.

45-year-old Nasheed walked out of the Indian mission on Saturday where he was holed up since last Wednesday to evade an arrest warrant, ending eleven days of stalemate.

"There is absolutely no deal with India with regard to Nasheed. The government cannot interfere with the judiciary and the case against him would continue as normal," President Mohamed Waheed's press secretary Masood Imad said.

"There is no arrest warrant against him (Nasheed) at the moment and hence he is a free man and can continue his social and public life," Imad said.

"He went into the Indian commission and came out purely because of his own reasons. We have no role in it," he said.

Media reports have quoted Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor as saying that India arranged a deal to give political space for Nasheed. Ghafoor said that Nasheed was back on the campaign trail for the September 7 presidential elections.

"The talk of the deal is rubbish, it is just a face-saving exercise for him," Imad said, referring to the reports suggesting a government deal with India with regard to Nasheed.

Nasheed was in the Indian mission since February 13 to evade arrest after he failed to appear in court on charges of detaining chief criminal judge Abdulla Mohamed during his presidency.

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