Maldives former president Mohammad Nasheed, center, escorted by policemen returns after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)
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Britain has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said Monday.Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president, was allowed to go to Britain in January for medical treatment after President Abdulla Yameen came under international pressure to let him leave.Yameen, whose half-brother lost power to Nasheed in 2008, has rejected accusations Nasheed's trial was politically motivated and said the legal process was fair.
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