Former "Underwater Cabinet" Maldives President Granted British Asylum

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, famous for holding a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight alleged climate issues, has been granted political asylum to remain in Britain. The current Maldives government expressed disappointment – they want Nasheed back, so he can serve out a prison sentence.

AFP – Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, has been granted refugee status in Britain, his office said Monday.

The 49-year-old was jailed in the Maldives last year on controversial terrorism charges, but was allowed to travel to Britain in January for spinal cord surgery after he fell ill in prison.

Nasheed claimed Monday he had “no choice” but to work from exile against President Abdulla Yameen.

The government of the Maldives said Nasheed was trying to avoid serving his prison sentence, adding that it would be “disappointed” if it was confirmed that Britain had “allowed itself to be part of this charade”.

A statement on Nasheed’s website said: “Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has refugee status in the UK.” It was also announced by his party.

Nasheed became the first democratically-elected president of the Indian Ocean island nation in 2008 and served for four years before he was toppled in what he called a coup backed by the military and police.

He was jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges relating to the arrest of an allegedly corrupt judge in 2012, when he was still in power.

“President Yameen has jailed every opposition leader and cracked down on anyone who dares to oppose or criticise him,” Nasheed said in the statement proclaiming his refugee status.

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Now that Nasheed apparently has the freedom to undermine the new Maldives government from the security of Britain, no doubt this “charade” will produce further twists – though hopefully nothing as silly as another underwater climate cabinet meeting.

More about the underwater cabinet meeting;

EW: Updated to correct a spelling mistake

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May 26, 2016 6:32 pm

From the article: ““President Yameen has jailed every opposition leader and cracked down on anyone who dares to oppose or criticise him,” Nasheed said in the statement proclaiming his refugee status.”
I bet Obama and the radical Left would love to be able to do that to their political opposition. About the best they can manage so far in the U.S. is filing frivilous lawsuits against some skeptics. That’s better than jail.

Reply to  TA
May 26, 2016 10:12 pm

I wouldn’t rule a crackdown in any western country. Imagine a fully green government in your country or mine!
If you read my blog, here, we are not far from having children ratting on their parents for “non-sustainable” transgressions etc. Government is finding “legal”and proven non legal ways to make my city “resilient””and “sustainable” including using the earthquakes of 5 years ago as an excuse.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 12:25 am

Very creepy situation it seems to me, Roger . . ominous.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 2:18 am

It’s creeping dictatorship disguised as socialism and it is nothing new as is shown by the comment below:
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 3:56 am

From Roger’s website: “my Local Government currently is starting to put pressure on 18,000 private properties which are believed (by the Local Government) to be “in danger of inundation in 100 years time” .
This action is based upon a report commissioned by my City Council which assures us that there will probably/most likely be a 1000mm sea level rise within that 100 years.”
This is the kind of damage to people that is done because leaders have been misled by the Climate Change Charlatans at NASA, NOAA and the IPCC about the Earth’s climate.
These organizations claim they can predict the climate 100 years in the future and our gullible leaders believe them like it was the Gospel.
We just have to keep fighting this disinformation and propaganda and ignorance. The regular people seem to understand the situation. It is the leadership that seems to be confused.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 6:36 am

A reminder to foreign readers: I believe rogerthesurf is referring to what passes for a right-wing “business-friendly” government hereabouts. Which is why I am less sanguine about
the prospects for climate sanity from Donald Trump than others might be.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 7:22 am

The left isn’t green. Being green requires some level of sacrifice, and from every Democratic inner-city to San Francisco and Hollywood, we never see it.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 9:11 am

It’s right wing, only in the sense that they are more conservative than the communists.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 12:27 pm

It just depends on what your definition of “green” is.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
May 27, 2016 4:30 pm

Richard A. O’Keefe,
Thanks for your comment.
Yes my government is supposed to be a conservative one but for election purposes has taken a jump to the left in similar manner no doubt to the Cameron government in the UK. Thus they have sustained a similar advantage to Cameron in that the “real” left have been pushed into the far left, which is not so popular and they have gained an advantage by gaining support from “middle” left supporters.
Nevertheless by following the mainstream voters in this way, it is a general slide to the left for sure.
This implies that the modern democratic governments do not lead but follow the electorate. 🙁
Lets hope that Trump will be unique and never need that left slide in order to gain support!

Reply to  rogerthesurf
June 1, 2016 8:54 pm

“Imagine a fully green government in your country or mine!”
Even 50 years ago that would have been the tagline for an alien invasion from Mars.
Where is Monty Python when you really need them?

george e. smith
Reply to  TA
May 27, 2016 8:21 pm

The poor chap oughta be IN a British Asylum.

May 26, 2016 7:17 pm

Well… Maybe he is “underwater” on some loan payments to shady characters and is worried about his kneecaps…… Har har har.
Sorry I simply could not resist.
Cheers, KevinK.

May 26, 2016 7:21 pm

AT LAST! a real climate refugee!

Eugene WR Gallun
Reply to  Jon
May 26, 2016 11:41 pm

Jon — Hahahahahahahahahahah! Good one! — Eugene WR Gallun

Reply to  Jon
June 1, 2016 8:56 pm

To England no less! An island!

Mark - Helsinki
May 26, 2016 7:39 pm
Dan DaSilva
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 26, 2016 9:44 pm

Is that Monica?

Reply to  Dan DaSilva
May 26, 2016 10:13 pm

Looks like his fly is open:)

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Dan DaSilva
May 26, 2016 10:52 pm

Yes, and he has a lipstick print on his left collar under his chin.

a happy little debunker
Reply to  Dan DaSilva
May 27, 2016 8:23 am

No, I think the crocodile beneath him, with what appears to be a self immolating bomb strapped on top – is Hillary?

Ray H
Reply to  Dan DaSilva
May 27, 2016 2:18 pm

Is he smoking a joint?

george e. smith
Reply to  Dan DaSilva
May 27, 2016 8:23 pm

No ! her hand is too low down for that.

Reply to  Dan DaSilva
June 1, 2016 8:57 pm

“Is that Monica?
Send lawyers, guns ‘n bimbos.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 26, 2016 10:49 pm

Ronald Mc Donald is lighting up Chewbaca on the left side of the print.

Bryan A
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
May 27, 2016 9:41 pm

And a couple of “Independence Day” alien fighters in the sky left of the flag and right of liberty’s arm

Gary Hladik
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 26, 2016 11:17 pm

Thanks, Mark – Helsinki. Terrific cartoon!

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Gary Hladik
May 27, 2016 12:44 am

It’s some awesome artwork alright 😀

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 27, 2016 2:57 am

Whats her left hand holding?

Reply to  TG
May 27, 2016 4:03 am

According to some of his intimates, it wouldn’t be what you are thinking. Her hand would have to be much higher on the thigh, is my understanding.

Bryan A
Reply to  TG
May 27, 2016 9:43 pm

A vas deference perhaps

Mark - Helsinki
May 26, 2016 7:41 pm

I can only imagine how corrupt the “political” system is there.
Nasheed is as bent as a 50 cent bill

Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 27, 2016 2:56 pm

Mark – H
I was at college in Liverpool with Mo – that is, Ex-President Nasheed.
I quite liked him [for what THAT is worth], but I felt even then [1987-1989] that he was a binary viewer.
How many Black friends do you have?
How many White friends do you have?
How many minority ethnic friends do you have?
How many Train-spotter friends do you have?
OK, he didn’t ask about BMW-driving friends, so far as I remember.
Umm – Friends are friends – for me. Then as now.
Some have nice spouses or summerhouses, I guess.
Maybe he is bent – but I think the current government appears no better – and maybe a tad worse . . .
Ah well, old Liverpool Poly alumni should stick together.
I feel.
Doesn’t that warm you scientists here – ‘I feel’??!?!

May 26, 2016 7:42 pm

Does anyone else see a pattern here with the Warmists?
I knew the science and the promoters were corrupt, but I am continually surprised at just how corrupt. Each layer as it is exposed is worse than the layer above, who knew it could smell so bad and the stench is just going to get worse.
I need to redouble my cynicism to stay ahead of the game.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  jinghis
May 26, 2016 8:09 pm

Much of the science is akin to the ramblings of that, in my opinion, con artist Anita Sarkeesian.

Hocus Locus
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 27, 2016 6:27 pm

Anita Sarkeesian? Any relation?
“In Snefflls [sic] Iokulis kraterem kem delibat umbra Skartaris Iulii intra kalendas deskende, audas uiator, te [sic] terrestre kentrum attinges. Kod feki. Arne Saknussemm.” Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches (lit: tastes) before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the center of the earth. I did it. Arne Saknussemm

Reply to  jinghis
May 26, 2016 9:16 pm

No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.
Lily Tomlin

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  jeff
May 26, 2016 9:19 pm

Nice quote

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  jinghis
May 27, 2016 1:05 am

It’s like peeling the layers of a rotten onion, a rotten onion that you pulled from the rear of a decomposing cow

Reply to  jinghis
May 27, 2016 4:05 am

junghis wrote: “I need to redouble my cynicism to stay ahead of the game.”
Yes, you do! As one wag put it: “The Farce is powerful!”

Hocus Locus
Reply to  jinghis
May 27, 2016 6:19 pm

Repeat analogy with ping pong ball. Or better yet, a soap bubble about to collapse. I think there is only one layer and they’re all clinging desperately to each other along its surface.
To the abyss! To ruination! To dinner! Then to bed.

May 26, 2016 8:19 pm

So is “President” Mohamed Nasheed is the “First” Anthropogenic Global Warming Climate Change Refugee!
Ha ha. Now the flood gates will open and poor Britain will be flooded with Refugees like Hasheed! Ha ha Snark Snark
Servers the Brits Rightly Right.

May 26, 2016 8:49 pm
Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Marcus
May 27, 2016 1:11 am

From the comments “Why listen to 98.5% of climate scientists? (sarc)” It’s 98.5% now
Cook has given so many people a reason to be mouth breathing m0r0ns, and you won’t catch anyone at RC correcting such claptrap either

May 26, 2016 8:53 pm

also going into climate exile shortly….hopefully:
26 May: ClimateChangeNews: Ed King: Climate Queen: Abba takes over UN talks in Figueres tribute
Hundreds of delegates serenade outgoing climate chief with 1970s classic as first set of talks since Paris Agreement conclude
Tears, applause and a 1970s Swedish pop group dominated UN climate talks on Thursday, as as envoys and civil society lined up to pay tribute to the departing Christiana Figueres…
New Zealand diplomat Jo Tyndall described her as a “pocket rocket, a small car with a powerful motor… a pint-sized hot chick,” one of many warm speeches on a relaxed final day of two weeks of talks in Bonn…
But last to address the packed room of negotiators came representatives from green groups, who stole the show with an unusual take on Abba classic ‘Dancing Queen’ – you can watch a clip and read the lyrics below…
Lyrics by Alden Meyer (with apologies to ABBA)…
Your spirit made us cheer.
You are the Climate Queen, best there’s been, you reign supreme
Climate Queen, moving us to a future clean.
You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life
See that woman, watch her lead, diggin’ the Climate Queen…

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  pat
May 26, 2016 9:21 pm
Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 27, 2016 12:55 am

The UN are obviously a collection of individuals that are completely off their snack!

James Fosser
May 26, 2016 9:10 pm

I suppose he will be living in London in luxury at the taxpayers expense.

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  James Fosser
May 26, 2016 9:23 pm

of course, while a couple of million native Britons hit the food banks this scumbag will be in top class accommodation with a nice expense account

May 26, 2016 9:55 pm

The (political) climate has changed.
The (political) climate can ruin lives.
Who knew?

May 26, 2016 10:24 pm

I expected to read that his crime WAS the underwater cabinet meeting. Wouldn’t all those people be exhaling carbon dioxide into the water, causing ocean acidification? Perhaps the new president should put that charge in the extradition request.

Reply to  AllyKat
May 27, 2016 4:14 am

This guy’s underwater antics are killing the coral reefs!

May 26, 2016 10:25 pm

Unbelievable – the ‘Conservative’ UK PM seen to be protecting his fellow pro-CAGW mates by granting them ‘asylum’, even though they are wanted on major charges by the government of their native country!

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  BoyfromTottenham
May 27, 2016 1:14 am

You play ball, you earn a chip you can cash in, he just cashed it in

May 27, 2016 12:21 am

Surely surely surely he wouldn’t be so cruel as to reveal that the underwater stunt was simply to prise more money from the West to feather his Swiss retirement funds with?

Mark - Helsinki
May 27, 2016 1:01 am
Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Mark - Helsinki
May 27, 2016 1:04 am

Under the Seeeeea
Under the Seeeea
There’ll be no more acusations
Just friendly crustaceans under the seeeeeea
Or in Nasheed’s case London, which accodring to Hansen will be under the seeeeeeea

May 27, 2016 3:19 am

Nasheed’s whole life has been on the take on the make and there is no way he’s going to change in the UK on the backs of the British taxpayers. He sure learnt a lot about subversion and the art of top down governing. He and his elk have become masters of living a high life style on other people tab (an art form perfected in the UN and greens everywhere) attending those endless exotic 5 star climate conferences mixing with the socialist free loaders!

john harmsworth
Reply to  TG
May 27, 2016 11:34 am

His elk?

Reply to  john harmsworth
May 27, 2016 3:09 pm

‘Ilk’ – I guess, not ‘elk’. A guess only.
I believe the Maldives have had no elk for millennia.
If ever – I have little familiarity with the past range of essentially Northern sub-boreal cervids.

May 27, 2016 3:37 am

Why did I have to learn about decision from WUWT . Nothing that I can see in the online pages of Guardian,Telegraph orDaily Mail. Perhaps it was reported on BBC radio or TV , but I have avoided those sources since it started its massively biassed campaign to remain in the EU.

May 27, 2016 8:51 am

He’s the inspiration for Jerry Brown at leveraging outside money for projects.

May 27, 2016 9:25 am

You have to ask how environmentalist can expect governments run by people like these (the ex-President and the current President of the Maldives) to act *responsibly* with regard to the environment.

May 31, 2016 7:52 am

I don’t get it… he’s a democratically elected leader taken down in a military coup and imprisoned – and he’s the bad guy for getting asylum?
It doesn’t matter that a democracy was toppled because the leader was an environmentalist?

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