The detention of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge raises the stakes in a dramatic clash after President Yameen refused to comply with a court order to release nine political dissidents.
President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency, deepening a political crisis in the Maldives that has pitted its leader against the nation's top court.
Tensions gripped the island nation following the court's order to release and retrial of political prisoners, including exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed.
The move followed an order on Thursday by the country's Supreme Court to release nine political dissidents. It also restored the seats of 12 legislators who had been sacked for defecting from President Abdulla Yameen's party.
The surprise ruling clears the way for former president Mohamed Nasheed to return to his homeland and run for reelection against President Abdulla Yameen.
Two opposition leaders accuse soldiers and police of using pepper spray to prevent lawmakers from entering parliament to take part in an impeachment vote against the speaker.
Maldives government says it will allow jailed opposition leaders to attend talks over country's political crisis amid international pressure for reform
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