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Clashes in Maldives after court orders politicians released

Opponents of the Maldives government clashed with police on the streets of the capital Friday as they demanded the release of imprisoned politicians whose convictions were overturned by the Supreme Court. The court late Thursday had ordered the release of politicians including ex-President Mohamed Nasheed, who lives in exile in Britain, because it found their guilty verdicts had been influenced by the government.

Hundreds of people celebrated in Male by waving the country’s flag, but police dispersed the crowds using pepper spray and batons. Rocks were thrown at police and at least one injured officer was seen being carried to a hospital. The ruling could allow Nasheed, the nation’s first democratically elected president, to challenge President Yameen Abdul Gayoom when he seeks re-election later this year

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