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Ousted Maldives president says he 'will be in jail tomorrow'

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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is pictured on a screen as he speaks to reporters at his residence in the capital Male on Feb. 9, 2012.

Reuters reports from MALE — The former president of the Maldives sat inside his house awaiting arrest Thursday after being ousted from his post in what he said was a coup at gunpoint.

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A burning police station in the city of Addu, the second largest city of the Maldives, early on Feb. 9, 2012.

Mohamed Nasheed told reporters he hoped the international community would act quickly as "the facts on the ground are that tomorrow I will be in jail."

A criminal court has issued arrest warrants for Nasheed and his former defense minister, but the charges against them were unclear, a senior official of Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said.

Police said on state TV Wednesday night that protests led by Nasheed after his ouster were "an act of terrorism."

"Police beat up the people very, very brutally," Nasheed said, adding that it had prompted a "very strong hatred of the police."

One police station had been burnt down in the violence, he said. "I do not appreciate that. I do not ask the people to be violent." Read the full story.

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Security personnel stand at a snap check point in Male on Feb. 9, 2012.