Brussels, 14/03/2015

Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed

The conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed for charges under anti-terrorist legislation raises very serious questions about due process of law and risks undermining people's trust in the independence of the judiciary.

Respect for rule of law, due legal process and independence of the judiciary, in accordance with provisions of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), are central elements of the democratic process. All citizens must be treated in accordance with these provisions, to which the Maldives have a binding obligation.

Should the conviction be appealed, the appeal process must be fair and transparent with former President Nasheed being accorded all his rights, including adequate access to his lawyers

The European Union calls on all sides in the Maldives to act responsibly and uphold constitutional freedoms.