Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed took refuge at the Indian embassy in the capital Male Wednesday to avoid arrest, demanding the resignation of his successor and free and fair elections.
In this handout photograph released by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed (centre) prepares to enter the Indian embassy in Male, on February 13, 2013. Nasheed is locked in a stand-off with police after taking refuge inside the Indian embassy after a local magistrate ordered his arrest.
Nasheed, 45, issued a statement from the besieged Indian diplomatic mission saying that his current trial for abuse of power when he was in office was a "politically motivated sham".
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