The ex-president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed told AFP Thursday he had sent his wife and one of his two daughters to Sri Lanka for their own safety as violence worsens.
"It's safer for them there than in the Maldives," he said at his family home, where he was awaiting the arrival of police after a local court reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest.
In Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapakse spoke with Nasheed's wife on Wednesday evening after her arrival, Rajapakse's spokesman said.
"President Rajapakse was concerned over the safety of Mr Nasheed and his family," said the spokesman.
Earlier, a family member had told AFP that both of Nasheed's daughters had left for Sri Lanka. Nasheed explained that one had stayed behind to support him.