>> A political crisis in the Maldives has escalated dramatically as police arrested a former president of the Indian Ocean Island nation. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who is a half-brother of the current president, was filmed being escorted from his home in an arrest he was quoted as saying was unlawful.
Gayum is a member of the country's opposition and was of the only high profile arrest in the hours after a state of emergency was declared in the country. President Abdul Yameen announced the 15-day declaration was due to the quote, risk currently posed to national security before he ordered security forces in to the Supreme Court to arrest the country's Chief Justice and another top judge.
Local television broadcasts the moments police escorted the men from the building, but no details were given about the investigation, or any charges, the opposition is labeling the moves are purged. The turmoil began when Yameen defied a court ruling last week, which revoked terrorism charges against nine leading opposition figures, including the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed, who is now in exile.
Nasheed took to Twitter calling for support from the US and India. Yameen faces mounting pressure from home and abroad to obey the court's order. And has been warned by the US National Security Council to quote, respect the rule of law, freedom of expression, and democratic institutions. The country is best known as a beach paradise for tourists, bringing in billions of dollars of revenue.
Now China, the United States, and India have all issued travel advisories, right during peak tourism season.