Maldives revokes former president Nasheed and former VP Jameel Ahmed's passports

Nasheed has a political refugee status that was granted by the British government in May. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 07, 2016, 11.00 AM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain
Maldivian immigration authorities today revoked the passports of five Maldivian nationals including former president Mohammed Nasheed and former vice-president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed.

In a statement issued by the Maldivian government's immigration department, the authorities have officially cancelled Maldivian passports of former president Mohammed Nasheed, former vice-president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, former foreign minister Ahmed Naseem and former state minister Akram Kamaaludheen. The passport of H Haajaraage Abdulla Luthufi, who was sentenced to jail in connection with the November 3, 1988 militant attack was also revoked.

Immigration authorities said that anyone who was wanted regarding the enforcement of criminal convictions against them or anyone who refused to return despite orders from authorities regarding any ongoing investigation cannot be allowed to live in other countries holding a Maldivian passport. But the authorities added that if those whose passports have been revoked wanted to come back to Maldives, travel documents would be provided.

The Maldivian government revoked the passports hours after the documentary 'Stealing Paradise' made by Al Jazeera regarding corruption in Maldives was released on YouTube which had interviews of former president Nasheed and former vice-president Jameel. Both live in the United Kingdom.