Kerry warns Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests

Malé (Maldives) (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that democracy was in danger in the Maldives as police made nearly 200 arrests at a protest over the jailing of the paradise islands’ ex-president.

“We see even now how regrettably there are troubling signs that democracy is under threat in the Maldives where the former president Nasheed has been imprisoned without due process,” said Kerry.

“This is an injustice that needs to be addressed soon,” he added on a visit to neighbouring Sri Lanka.