The former President of the Maldives was sentenced to 19 months in prison

© 2018 AFP / Lakruwan Wanniarachchi Former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Archival photoThe former President of the Maldives was sentenced to 19 months in prison© 2018 AFP / Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

A Maldives court on Wednesday found former President Abdul Gayoom momona guilty to obstruction of justice and sentenced him to 19 months in prison, announced the publication of Avas.

According to the publication, Gayoom and two other judges of the Supreme court (SC) indicted for refusing to hand over mobile phones to police investigators. Former President and judges deny the charges. Judges also sentenced to one year and seven months imprisonment on this charge.

Informed the police of the Republic have detained the former head of state momun Abdul Gayoom, the two judges of the armed forces and some opposition politicians. The authorities accused the former President of bribing judges to ensure that they overturned the verdicts of some of the opposition and contributed to the overthrow of the government. Nine detained in March was accused of terrorism.

The political situation in the Maldives escalated sharply in early February, when armed forces of countries decided to cancel the verdicts of a number of political leaders including former President Mohammed Nasheed, and was re-admitted in Parliament 12 opposition.

Media reported about the possible impeachment of the President of the Republic, then the incumbent President Abdulla Yamin has introduced a regime of emergency. March 22 the President announced the termination of a state of emergency in the country.