Maldives crisis: 'Army could storm Supreme Court at any moment'

ANI | Updated: Feb 05, 2018 22:32 IST

Male [Maldives], Feb 05 (ANI): Just hours after Maldives President declared a state of emergency in the country, former attorney general Husnu Al Suood tweeted that he has been informed that Army could storm the Supreme Court building at any moment.

Suood took to Twitter to inform that Chief Justice called him to inform the public about the recent developments and threat to his life.

"Maldives CJ called me a little while ago and asked me to inform the public to protect him and the institution. He is expecting the police and army to storm into the Supreme Court building at any moment," Suood, who is also the president of Maldives Bar Association, tweeted.

Opposition leaders across the Maldives are being rounded up and placed under detention as draconian measures are being put in place by President Abdulla Yameen. Early Monday evening President Yameen declared a state of emergency for 15 days.

Yameen, who has been defying Supreme Court's orders on releasing former president Mohamed Nasheed, and free eight other political opponents from prison, has now given sweeping powers to security forces in the country, which is facing widespread domestic protests against the president.

On Monday morning, Maldives capital Male remained tense, with the opposition and general public unrelentingly asking President Yameen to step down and allow a new leadership to take charge. (ANI)