February 5, 2018 / 7:26 PM / 4 months ago

Maldives police arrest former president Gayoom - spokesman

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives police arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Monday, his spokesman Abdul Aleem told Reuters, hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days, in an escalation of a legal battle with the archipelago’s top court.

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom speaks during a media briefing in Male October 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer (MALDIVES)

Gayoom, who is Yameen’s half-brother and ruled the country for 30 years until 2008, was arrested at his residence, along with his son-in-law. Yameen has defied a Supreme Court ruling ordering jailed opposition leaders to be freed, including Gayoom’s son Farish, an opposition lawmaker.

Reporting by Mohamed Junayd; Writing by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Peter Graff

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