24 February 2015, Male' ; I am deeply troubled by the uninformed statement issued last night by Mr Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, about the ongoing criminal case involving former president Mr Mohamed Nasheed. The accusations mentioned in Nicholson’s statement are based on hearsay, and do not meet the standards one would generally expect from the Foreign Minister of Canada.
Former President Mr Mohamed Nasheed was taken into Police custody on 22 February under a Court warrant. As per the normal legal procedure, he was presented before a judge within 24 hours, and the judge gave Mr Nasheed the opportunity to appoint a legal counsel. Throughout the process, the Maldives Police followed the standard procedure and due process.