Maldives hopes jailed ex-president will return from Britain

COLOMBO: The Maldives' government said Friday it hopes the country's jailed former president will return after undergoing surgery in Britain following comments by the former leader suggesting he may not.

Minister for Legal Affairs Azima Shakoor said the government will have limited options if Mohamed Nasheed doesn't return because he will be out of Maldives' jurisdiction.

"I believe that he would return. He is a former president and a man of stature. He has given a guarantee as all other people serving a prison sentence would give," she said.

The government allowed Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year sentence for ordering the arrest of a judge while in power, a 30-day medical leave to travel to Britain for spinal surgery. However, Nasheed told reporters in London that there is a question of how and when he would return.