Attorney: Maldives breached terms with jailed ex-president

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FILE- In this March 15, 2015 file photo, former Maldives 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. The Maldives government said Satur

FILE- In this March 15, 2015 file photo, former Maldives 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. The Maldives government said Satur (Photo: (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan, File))

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An attorney says the Maldives government has reneged on its promise to allow the country's imprisoned ex-president to have surgery abroad without conditions and is now demanding that a family member guarantee his return or face prosecution.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed was to have left Sunday for Britain to have spinal surgery after the government announced he could seek treatment abroad.

But Nasheed's attorney, Hassan Latheef, says the government has now set a 30-day limit for Nasheed 's stay abroad and also is demanding that a family member remain in the capital as surety and face prosecution if Nasheed fails to return.

Elected the country's first democratically elected president in 2008, Nasheed now is serving a 13-year prison sentence for ordering the arrest of a senior judge when he was president in 2012.

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