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Maldives opposition leader jailed for 13 years

The democratic opposition leader in the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was sentenced tonight to 13 years in prison on a charge of “terrorism”, for arresting a judge when he was president three years ago. Just before the verdict, Nasheed had asked for 20 days to prepare his closing statement, because he’d been unable to communicate with lawyers while incarcerated. After the verdict, there were sizable protests, with police responding indiscriminately with pepper spray. Only two days ago, a British human rights official had called the trial “a grotesque travesty of justice.” Nasheed told his followers to “be strong against the government’s tyranny…and wear your lives on your back as you fight for this cause.”

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