India advises Maldives govt to release all political prisoners

Team India Sentinels Thursday 14th of June 2018 01:42 AM

India on Wednesday again advised the Maldivian government to release the political prisoners and restore credibility of the electoral and political process in the island nation. In a statement ministry of external affairs expressed deep dismay over sentencing of previous president Gayoom and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed for long term without any “fair trail”.  “Since the beginning of the political crisis in the Maldives, India has repeatedly urged the Maldivian government to allow all institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Parliament, to function in a free and independent manner, and to permit genuine political dialogue between all political parties,” said the ministry. Meanwhile, the same demand has been raised by the international community at large. This casts doubt on the commitment of the government to uphold the rule of law and will also call into question the credibility of the entire process of Presidential elections in September this year, it added. “India believes that a democratic, stable and prosperous Maldives is in the interests of all its neighbours and friends in the Indian Ocean,” it added. It also reiterated its advice to the island nation to create a necessary condition for the participation of all political forces in the Presidential Elections.


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