Nasheed lands in London after prison release
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed landed in Britain yesterday, his aide told AFP, after the Indian Ocean islands' government granted him prison leave for urgent surgery.
"We have just landed," said Sabra Noordeen, who was travelling with Nasheed, whose conviction last March on terror-related charges has been widely criticised.
He left the Maldives on Monday for Sri Lanka after resolving a last-minute legal dispute with the government over his 30-day release for the spinal cord surgery in the UK. He then left for Britain on Thursday.
The Maldives government said Nasheed was travelling under what diplomatic sources described as a deal brokered by India, Sri Lanka and Britain.