Former Maldives president convicted for impediment of justice

Last Updated: Jun 14 2018 18:52

On Wednesday, a court in Maldives convicted former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the sitting chief justice for the impediment of justice and sentenced them to 19 months in prison.

The trials are widely seen as part of a plan by President Abdulla Yameen to tighten his grip on power ahead of elections in September at which he seeks a second five-year term against an opposition yet to decide on a single candidate. The government denies this.

The country of 400,000 people is popular with tourists but has seen political unrest since its first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, was forced to quit amidst a police defiance in 2012.