FILE - In a Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed listens to a question during a press conference in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on controversial terrorism charges last year, but was allowed to travel to Britain in January for spinal cord surgery after he fell ill.The Maldives government reacted swiftly, accusing Nasheed -- whose legal team includes the high-profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney -- of trying to avoid serving his prison sentence.Last month, President Yameen stripped Nasheed of his pension and medical insurance benefits granted by the constitution to former leaders.Nasheed secured asylum in Britain in 2004 after a crackdown on dissidents by the-then president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, a half brother of the current incumbent Yameen.He returned to the Maldives in April 2005 and won the atoll nation's first democratic presidential elections three years later, toppling Gayoom who had been in power for 30 straight years.
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