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Ex-Maldives president taken back to prison after detention commuted to house arrest last month

FILE- In this March 15, 2015 file photo, Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed waves sitting in a boat as he is taken back to Dhoonidhoo prison after a court dismissed his appeal against his arrest in Male, Maldives. A party spokesman says Maldives police have taken Nasheed back to jail Sunday night even though his detention was formally commuted to house arrest last month. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan, file)

FILE- In this March 15, 2015 file photo, Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed waves sitting in a boat as he is taken back to Dhoonidhoo prison after a court dismissed his appeal against his arrest in Male, Maldives. A party spokesman says Maldives police have taken Nasheed back to jail Sunday night even though his detention was formally commuted to house arrest last month. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan, file)  (The Associated Press)

A party spokesman says Maldives police have taken former President Mohamed Nasheed back to jail even though his detention was formally commuted to house arrest last month.

Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, the spokesman for Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party, says police officers and officials from the Department of Corrections arrived by force at Nasheed's house in the capital of Male on Sunday night and took him away.

"He was last seen leaving Male on a speedboat," Ghafoor's statement said.

Nasheed was sentenced to a 13-year jail term in March after a criminal court found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. It said the detention was akin to abduction under the terrorism law.

There was no immediate government comment.