Baroness Scotland, ex-Attorney General, has earned £75,000 through her work with the Maldives new Government, documents suggest
A former Labour Cabinet Minister has agreed a deal to be paid £7,500 a day to advise the leader of an alleged coup in the Maldives accused of torture and repression.
Ex-Attorney-General Baroness Scotland was under fire last night after details emerged of her contract with the new government of the Indian Ocean nation.
One Conservative MP called her behaviour ‘disgusting’.
Leaked documents seen by the Daily Mail suggest she was paid £75,000 for two weeks’ work advising the regime on avoiding further action by the Commonwealth, which has raised serious concerns about a string of human rights abuses.
The Maldives hit the headlines in February when its first freely-elected president Mohamed ‘Anni’ Nasheed was ousted by his deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan.
Nasheed had spent six years as a political prisoner before his election in 2008 and his first act as president was to demolish the country’s torture centre.
He was a guest at the 2009 Conservative Party conference in Manchester where he addressed delegates.
Hassan insists that Nasheed ‘resigned’ – but the manner of his removal was widely condemned, with many observers branding it a coup.
Tory MP John Glen said it was ‘outrageous’ that a former British attorney-general was advising a regime responsible for ousting a democratically-elected president.