When one thinks of the Maldives, the image conjured up is of an Indian Ocean paradise. But behind the idyllic picture postcard lies a dark history of dictatorships and cruelty.
In 2008, Mohamed Nasheed became the country's first democratically elected president, a position he held for four years. But his path to the presidency, as he took on decades of corruption, involved multiple arrests, solitary confinement and torture.
Even today he is serving a 13-year-sentence, but has been allowed to come to the UK for a back operation.
How have all these experiences affected him? Find out by listening to his remarkable story in this unmissable episode of the Virgin Podcast.
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