COLOMBO - Maldives police arrested and detained former president Mohamed Nasheed on Monday for ignoring a court summons and a travel ban, moves that could trigger further protests by supporters in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Nasheed was removed from office in contested circumstances in February and his supporters have frequently taken to the streets, leading to clashes with security forces in Male, the capital of a country best known for its luxury resorts.

"Nasheed has been placed (under) custody now according to the court order issued yesterday," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told Reuters.

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