'The Maldives' opposition pleaded with India to send troops to the islands on Tuesday after the president declared a state of emergency and arrested supreme court judges and political opponents.
The island state plunged into political chaos last week when the high court quashed the convictions of nine opposition leaders and ruled that their trials were politically motivated.
President Abdulla Yameen defied the court's ruling and instead of freeing the jailed politicians he accused the supreme court of planning "a coup" against him.
On Sunday, Mr Yameen declared a state of emergency and government troops stormed the supreme court building. They arrested Abdulla Saeed, the chief justice, and another judge.
"I declared the state of emergency because there was no way to hold these justices accountable. This is a coup. I wanted to know how well planned this coup," Mr Yameen said.
Police also arrested the president's half brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, an 80-year-old former dictator of the Maldives who has become an unlikely opposition figure.
Mohamed Nasheed, a former president, has been leading the opposition from his exile in Sri Lanka. On Tuesday, he appealed to India to send an envoy supported by troops to force Mr Yameen into releasing prisoners.'
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