University of Bolton - From jail to the High Commission

March 12, 2009

A former political refugee studying at the University of Bolton, who once had to smuggle his artwork out of prison in his native Maldives, has won a job in the country's High Commission. Naushad Waheed, who is studying for a masters in public art, fled the islands after being imprisoned eight times in two decades for drawing satirical cartoons of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, president of the Maldives from 1978 to 2008. Now Mr Waheed has been appointed counsellor (cultural) at the High Commission for the Maldives, less than five years after he was languishing in a jail cell in the country.

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