The President’s office said that President Yameen had declared a state of emergency, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, for the next 15 days.The state of emergency was declared as the Maldives Government and the supreme court went head to head over a court ruling to free several political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed.The Maldives Government refused to comply with the supreme court ruling saying it posed several challenges. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom ruled the country as the President of Maldives from 1978 to 2008. He has, in the recent past, supported the opposition against President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s daughter Yumna Maumoon said the police broke down the door and arrested her father and her husband. A tense situation prevailed in the Maldives since the court order was issued with several protests being staged demanding that the court order be implemented. (Colombo Gazette) Nasheed, who is in self-exile, said the declaration of a state of emergency was unconstitutional and illegal. The Maldives media reported that Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested on the charges of plotting to overthrow the Government.The move came just minutes after President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency. Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested by the Maldives authorities.In a late night operation after declaring a state of emergency, the Maldives security forces broke into Gayoom’s house and arrested him as well as his son-in-law.
A post mortem performed on the body of 58-year-old Mohamed Al Rasheed, whose body was retrieved from the Demerara River on Thursday has given the cause of death as drowning and as such, ruled out any speculations of foul play.The autopsy was conducted by Government pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Linden Hospital Complex and the body has since been handed over to relatives.The deceased, a security guard of Number 11 Village, West Coast, Berbice is said to have drowned after venturing into the river in the vicinity of Omai Wharf on Wednesday.It was reported that Al Rasheed who was guarding some heavy duty equipment went to take a bath into the river and never resurfaced.The man reportedly encountered difficulties due to the strong current of the tide. Other employees reportedly saw this and attempted to render assistance but he went under the water. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of man drowned in Demerara River recoveredApril 25, 2019In “Crime”Man, 58, feared drowned in Demerara RiverApril 25, 2019In “latest news”Body washes up on Wales estate wharfFebruary 14, 2017In “latest news”