The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on the Maldives government to let former President Mohamed Nasheed run for office in the upcoming presidential election.
A statement released by the committee stated that they made the decision after reviewing two individual complaints filed by Nasheed in 2013 and 2016.
The committee also said the judicial proceedings in Nasheed’s case had serious flaws and violated his right to a fair trial.
Furthermore, the committee noted that restricting Nasheed’s right to stand for office is in violation with Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Maldives is party to.
The committee also called on Maldives to begin a fresh trial on the allegations against Nasheed.
The former president was serving a 13-year prison sentence on terrorism charges since March 13, 2015, for detaining the Chief Judge of Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed during his tenure, when he travelled to the UK on medical release in early 2016. He has since secured political asylum from the UK government.