Maldives High Court rules against former president

2013-02-04 13:02:50 GMT2013-02-04 21:02:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MALE, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Maldives High Court on Monday ruled against a petition filed by former president Mohamed Nasheed questioning the legitimacy of a local court.

Nasheed who is facing a trial before the Hulhumale Magistrate Court, filed the petition saying the court was not legitimate.

However in an unanimous decision, the High Court bench ruled against the appeal filed by Nasheed and upheld a ruling of the Supreme Court in December last year.

Nasheed said that the judgment by the Maldives High Court clearly means he will not be allowed a fair trial.

Nasheed's political party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), said that following Monday's ruling Nasheed was served summons to appear before the Hulhumale Magistrate court on Feb. 10.

Nasheed's spokesperson Mariya Didi claimed the move looked very much as if the Courts are following the instructions of the Government.

"The High Court ruled the Hulhumale Court as legal after holding only two successive hearings to conclude the case. It now seems as if the Hulhumale Court had prepared summons before the High Court judgment was even delivered. Today was a travesty of justice and demonstrates how much President Nasheed's case is a politically motivated trial," Didi said.

Nasheed resigned as president last year but later claimed he was forced to resign paving the way for the current president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, to take office.

The Maldives government led by President Waheed however denied the allegations and announced early presidential elections this year.

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