New Delhi, Mar 8: With former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed walking out of police custody as his trial for alleged illegal detention of a judge has been deferred by a month, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday said the latest developments are a part of that country’s legal system, and added that New Delhi wants a strong democracy in Male.
“This is a part of their legal system. We express confidence that their legal system will take the right position, and fortunately they have,” Khurshid told media here.
” Now, Mr. Nasheed is a former president of the country. He has a very important political party, and now, he is back to the political process. We wish everybody well. We want a strong democracy in the Maldives,” he added.
Khurshid had earlier on Wednesday appealed for peace in the Maldives in the wake of Nasheed’s arrest.
Khurshid said all parties must participate in the Maldives democratic process.
“Those countries which have good relations with Maldives, and those who want to maintain good relations with it, have expressed that peace should prevail in the Maldives,” said Khurshid.
“All politicians who wish to represent their parties would get a chance to participate in the democratic process of Maldives. Thus, peace and tranquillity should prevail,” he added.
Khurshid said India will provide assistance to Maldives when required.
“We shouldn’t do and do not interfere with legal matters of their country. Considering our friendly relations with Maldives, we provide them whatever advice they need and vice versa, because both the countries play an important role in SAARC,” said Khurshid.
“We try to maintain good relations with each other which would benefit both of the countries,” he added.
Nasheed, who is facing criminal charges over the controversial detention of Chief Judge of Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed during the last days of his presidency, has said that the month-long break in his trial granted by the court should be extended till the September elections.
Nasheed revealed that during the hearing on Wednesday, state prosecutors had said they did not object to delaying the trial until presidential elections scheduled for later this year are over.
He also warned that if the magistrate court issued a verdict that would bar him from contesting the elections, a lot of people would rise up against the decision and trigger a very dangerous political insurgency.
The former Maldivian President was arrested on Tuesday after a warrant was issued by a Male court in connection with his trial over the arrest and subsequent detention of a judge during his rule.
The arrest came less than a fortnight after Nasheed left the Indian High Commission where he was holed up for 11 days to escape two arrest warrants issued by the court earlier. (ANI)