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the latest: 2 arrested in maldives clashes over court ruling

male, maldives — the latest on turmoil in the maldives after the supreme court ordered the release of a group of political prisoners (all times local):6:30 p.m.two people have been arrested in clashes between maldives police and opposition supporters who were urging the government to obey a supreme court order to release a group of nine political prisoners.hundreds of people gathered in male, the capital, a day after the court's decision that the dissidents' guilty verdicts had been influenced by politics. it ordered new trials for all nine.a scuffle erupted when police asked the protesters to stay clear of a road. police used batons and pepper spray to disperse the protesters.earlier, the government fired the country's police chief after his department announced it would uphold the supreme court verdict.an archipelago known for its luxury tourist resorts, the maldives became a multiparty democracy 10 years ago.___4:40 p.m.amnesty international says a maldives supreme court ruling overturning the conviction of former president mohamed nasheed and other opposition leaders should be a turning point for the archipelago nation.amnesty international's south asia director, biraj patnaik, says the ruling must be implemented and what he called the government's "witch-hunt against the political opposition and other critics" must come to an end.he said re-trials of the opposition leaders must be conducted in line with international standards, and authorities must restore judic...