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Debate on Mohamed Nasheed

MPs held a short Westminster Hall debate on 7 November 2012 on the trial of the former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed.

He resigned in February in what he said was a coup, and is charged with abuse of power.

However he boycotted the start of his trial, which was due to begin in October.

Supporters of Mr Nasheed say that a court order preventing him from leaving the capital, Male, is unfair and politically motivated.

They say that the ban is aimed solely at preventing him from campaigning ahead of elections promised next year.

The debate was led by the Conservative MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley.

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