Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Maldives state of emergency safe for holidaymakers; ATA

Maldives state of emergency safe for holidaymakers; ATA

In a statement released on Tuesday, the three judges not placed under arrest said they were rescinding the order to free Mr Yameen's opponents "in light of the concerns raised by the President".

Meanwhile, Nasheed, who was granted asylum by Britain after the Male government allowed him to leave jail for medical treatment overseas in 2016, sought Indian intervention to resolve the nation's most serious political crisis in years. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the Emergency was declared.

The president has rolled back a series of democratic reforms during his five years in office and said that the court overstepped its authority in ordering the politicians' release, saying the order "blatantly disrupts the systems of checks and balances".

"We issued a travel advisory warning our nationals against the non-essential travel and we are evaluating the developments including the security situation", said the official.

The government has already suspended Parliament and ordered the army to resist any moves by the Supreme Court to impeach the President.

As New Delhi weighs its options, a former diplomat who was part of previous Indian interventions in the Maldives, including in 1988, when Indian troops defeated a coup d'etat against then President Gayoom, said it would be a mistake to see the situation there in isolation.

China, the US, India and the United Kingdom are among those issuing warnings to travellers in the Maldives.

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"We have managed to ensure the failure of the coup attempt by some people", Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said on state television.

The Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked its earlier order to release nine high-profile political prisoners.

The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was seriously concerned about the declaration of a state of emergency and the entry of security forces into the supreme court premises.

On Monday he ordered the arrest of his estranged half-brother and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.

President Yameen has accused judges of plotting to overthrow him and said the emergency is to investigate this plot.

The decree gives the government sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property, and restricts freedom of assembly.

He was also president between 1978 to 2008 when the Maldives, which relies on tourism, became a multi-party democracy.

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