Male, Feb 6 (newsin.asia) – Maldives Police, on Tuesday arrested the country’s Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court Judge hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15 day State of Emergency.
Police said the Chief Justice and the judge had been arrested over an ongoing investigation.
Earlier Police also arrested former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son in law from their home in the capital, on charges of plotting to over throw the government.
President Yameen, on Monday night officially announced that the Maldives was under a state or emergency for the duration of 15 days but said daily life including businesses would remain unhindered and curfew would not be imposed. The announcement was read by the Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor on state television, flanked by Attorney General Mohamed Anil.
The government also assured that tourism would continue without any hindrance and said that the island’s resorts and hotels would continue to function as normal.
Maldives has been facing days of unrest after the Supreme Court issued a ruling last week to release top opposition political leaders including former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.
Yameen had earlier Monday written three letters to the Supreme Court explaining the challenges being faced in implementing the court order.