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Maldives ex-leader arrested after no-show in court

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Police in the Maldives arrested Mohamed Nasheed, the former president, on Monday after he twice failed to appear before a court to face charges that he illegally ordered the arrest of a judge while in office.

Nasheed, who has said the military ousted him in a coup earlier this year, was arrested while campaigning for next year’s elections. His arrest could trigger protests by his supporters, who have previously clashed with police in the Indian Ocean archipelago and who say the charges against him are politically motivated.

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