Ex-Maldives president facing charges
on 16/07/2012 11:02:15
Deputy prosecutor general Hussain Shameem said charges were filed against former president Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday. They carry a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment or banishment to a remote island.
In January, Mr Nasheed ordered the military to arrest the chief judge of the country's criminal court, accusing him of political bias and corruption. The judge's secret detention triggered weeks of unrest.
Mr Nasheed resigned as president in February after losing the support of the military and police. He now insists he was ousted in a coup.
The former leader's supporters demonstrated for a sixth day on Sunday, demanding the resignation of new president Mohammed Waheed Hassan and calling for early elections.
Mr Hassan said he will hold elections in July 2013, the earliest time permitted by the constitution.
The Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago known for its expensive resorts.