DEEPAK Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, on Wednesday said that Canada is appalled by Maldives’ prosecution of former president Mohamed Nasheed on charges of terrorism.
He added: “The manner in which the trial was conducted infringes basic and fundamental concepts of due process. The result brings Maldives’ justice system into disrepute and is symptomatic of backsliding in Maldives’ commitment to domestic and international human rights obligations and democratic principles, which is causing growing tensions in the country. Canada continues to urge calm and restraint on all sides.
“This verdict goes against the core principles of the Commonwealth, and Canada will continue to call on Maldives to reaffirm its commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Canada further calls for a commitment that former president Nasheed and all others whose cases remain before the courts be afforded due process consistent with Maldivian law and international obligations.”