US Concerned Over Arrest of Maldivian Ex-President
The United States has expressed concern over the arrest of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who faces charges under anti-terrorism laws in the Indian Ocean country.
Mr. Nasheed was arrested at his home Sunday in the capital, Male, and accused of illegally detaining a senior judge more than three years ago during his presidency.
On Monday, police dragged Mr. Nasheed into a courtroom to hear the charges. He later appeared to be in pain and complained that he had been abused by police.
The top U.S. diplomat for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, met with the Maldivian foreign minister to voice concern over the situation.
"She urged the government to take steps to restore confidence in their commitment to democracy, judicial independence, and rule of law, including respect for the rights of peaceful protest and respect for due process," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
India's foreign ministry also expressed concern over "the arrest and manhandling" of Mr. Nasheed, saying political parties should resolve their differences within the Maldives' constitutional and legal framework.
Greece Proposes Reforms to Extend Bailout
Greece has presented a list of proposed economic reforms to its European creditors, as part of a deal to extend its massive bailout for four months.
European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said via Twitter on Tuesday the Greek government's list of reform measures was received "on time."
He gave no other details. But Reuters news agency quoted a source close to the Commission as saying the list is "sufficiently comprehensive to be a valid starting point."
Debt-riddled Greece on Monday slid past a deadline imposed by European finance ministers to present proposals that would convince the country's creditors to grant the four-month extension.
The 19 European finance ministers in the euro currency bloc are planning to consider the Greek plan Tuesday.
The proposals are aimed at reviving the country's faltering economy and cutting government spending in exchange for renewing the more than $270 billion in loans that are set to expire this week.
Greece has some voice in setting the reforms it wants to make in order to keep its bailout, but the terms must be approved by its European lenders, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.