Jailed Maldives ex-leader leaves for surgery in Britain

Mohamed Nasheed, 48, became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives in 2008 and served for four years before he was toppled in what he called a coup backed by the military and policeJailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed left for Britain on Thursday following a stop over in Sri Lanka after the honeymoon islands’ government granted him prison leave for urgent surgery, his party said. Nasheed, whose conviction last March on terror-related charges has been widely criticised, left the Maldives on Monday after resolving a last-minute legal dispute with the government over his 30-day release for the spinal cord surgery in the UK. “He left Colombo early this morning,” Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said after a two-day stop in the Sri Lankan capital.

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