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Indian scribe deported from the Maldives

12 February 2018

The duo, both of whom work for Agence France-Presse (AFP), were in the country covering the national emergency when they were arrested for violating clauses of the Maldives Immigration Act and Regulations.

India on Friday, reacting to reports that China hoped that the Maldives government can resolve the raging internal political crisis on its own, said that all countries can play a constructive role in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

The duo was identified by ANI news agency as Money Sharma from Amritsar and Indian-born British national Atish Ravji Patel.

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Meeting in Beijing on Thursday, Wang told economic development minister Mohamed Saeed that China believes the Maldives government and people have the "wisdom and ability to appropriately handle the issue facing them and return the country to normal order in accordance with the law", China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Speaking on the matter Indian foreign ministry spokesperson said, "We have asked our Embassy officials to get in touch with the local authorities to ascertain more details of the case".

Exiled Former President and opposition leader Mohammed Nasheed, who is currently in Colombo tweeted "gone after the opposition, judiciary, parliament, and now the media".

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Maldives' Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after Yameen declared a state of emergency.

India and the U.S. as well as the United Nations have urged Yameen to lift the state of Emergency and release the two Supreme Court judges who were arrested after they ordered the release of exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed and nine other high-profile political prisoners.

Amid the unrest, pro-opposition Maldives broadcaster RaajjeTV said on Friday it was going off the air because of threats from the country's military that it would close down news outlets that were "threatening national security".

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Indian scribe deported from the Maldives