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Maldives police arrest former President Mohamed Nasheed under anti-terrorism laws

FILE- In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives.  Maldives authorities arrested former President and current opposition leader Nasheed Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, ordering him to stand trial for his 2012 decision to arrest a senior judge.(AP Photo/Sinan Hussain, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives. Maldives authorities arrested former President and current opposition leader Nasheed Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, ordering him to stand trial for his 2012 decision to arrest a senior judge.(AP Photo/Sinan Hussain, File)  (The Associated Press)

Maldives police have arrested former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed under anti-terrorism laws.

A document signed by the prosecutor general seen by The Associated Press said that Nasheed was arrested Sunday to stand trial for his 2012 order as president to arrest a senior judge. It said he was being charged under anti-terrorism laws, but did not specify why.

Television stations in the country aired scenes of the arrest.

Nasheed resigned as president in February 2012 following weeks of public protests against his order to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. In 2013, he lost the presidential election to Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, a half-brother of the Indian ocean archipelago nation's 30-year autocratic ruler, Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.