Maldives police arrest former president for ignoring summons

COLOMBO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Maldives police arrested anddetained former president Mohamed Nasheed on Monday for ignoringa court summons and a travel ban, moves that could triggerfurther protests by supporters in the Indian Ocean islandnation.

Nasheed was removed from office in contested circumstancesin February and his supporters have frequently taken to thestreets, leading to clashes with security forces in Male, thecapital of a country best known for its luxury resorts.

"Nasheed has been placed (under) custody now according tothe court order issued yesterday," police spokesman HassanHaneef told Reuters.

Nasheed had ignored a court case against him related to thedetention of a judge during the last days of his rule, refusingto follow orders to turn up for hearings and stay in thecapital.

"He will be taken to Male. He is in one of the atolls now.He was arrested around 9.45 (local time). It went peacefully andhe cooperated. He will be produced the court tomorrow 1600hours," Haneef said.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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