In this photograph taken on January 21, 2016, former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed (C), his wife Laila Ali (L) and British lawyer Amal Clooney look on after Nasheed arrived at Heathrow airport in London. AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N
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Clooney, who is married to Hollywood star George Clooney, had successfully petitioned a UN body which ruled in late 2015 that Nasheed was wrongfully convicted on a terrorism charge earlier that year and sentenced to 13 years in prison.Nasheed traveled to London in January last year on prison leave for medical treatment and has since then remained in self-imposed exile.Clooney said Nasheed should not be returned to the Maldives to serve his prison sentence.The Maldives has faced tough international criticism over the jailing in March 2015 of Nasheed, the first democratically elected president, following a rushed trial which the UN said was politically motivated.Yameen, who came to power following a controversial run-off against Nasheed in November 2013 faces international censure over his crackdown on dissidents.
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