Colombo, Feb 3 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan government, on Saturday urged all parties in the Maldives to uphold the rule of law and find a peaceful solution to the ongoing political crisis.
“Sri Lanka is observing the evolving situation in the Maldives. We urge all parties to uphold the rule of law and the constitution, and find a peaceful solution to the current situation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement here.
Clashes and protests erupted in the Maldives between police and protesters since Friday as supporters of former President Mohamed Nasheed took to the streets celebrating a ruling by the Supreme Court to release the former President and other opposition leaders.
Defence Minister Adam Shareef urged people to exercise restraint “for the sake of harmony,” warning that if things escalate, it could be a time of a national security crisis.
The Maldivian Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of all high-profile prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.
The court said in a brief statement that the prisoners must be freed until fair trials could be conducted without undue influence.
Nasheed, who was elected into office in 2008, was ousted in a coup in February 2012.
He was sentenced to 13 years in jail in 2015 on terrorism charges after allegedly ordering the arrest of a judge during his presidency.