Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed is greeted by supporters in Malé in February  2012, after he was ousted in a coup. He was in jailed last March to 13 years under an anti-terrorism law following a rushed trial that was condemned internationally as flawed. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

About this time last year, Mohamed Nasheed, the ousted pro-democracy president of the Maldives, stood at the doorway of his Maldivian Democratic Party(...)

Protesters in the Maldives. Thousands marched in the capital Malé demanding the release of former president Mohamed Nasheed and the resignation of current president Abdulla Yameen. Photograph: Adam Sireii/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands came by boat to the capital of the Maldives to protest against the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed and demand that current leader(...)

Mohamed Nasheed, the democracy campaigner, journalist and environmental activist who in 2008 became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

Down a narrow alley and up the stairs of an unglamorous building in the bustling island city of Malé, a slight-framed, bespectacled man sits alone (...)