Maldives arrests Vice President Ahmed Adeeb

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Maldives authorities have arrested their Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on Saturday, on the accused attempt of assassinating President Abdulla Yameen through a bomb blast in his speed boat, as per reported by government.

Vice President’s arrest at the Maldives’ main international airport chased “extensive investigations by both local and international agencies,” the government told in a statement that was posted on the website of high commission in New Delhi.

“The charges are extremely serious, and the government has had to act decisively,” it said, however, didn’t mention whether the vice president had been formally charged or not.

Earlier, Home Minister Umar Naseer, posted on Twitter , “Charges: high treason.”

Ahmed Adeeb was arrested just as he came back home from Singapore, where he took a stay over after attending an investment forum in China. Maldivian police affirmed his confinement that it was related to an interrogation into the bomb blast on September 28 aboard Yameen’s speedboat that however, left the him unharmed but his wife and others got a little injured.

He was informally accompanied away by police as he alighted from a Singapore Airlines flight along with a coastguard boat which took him to the nearby prison island of Dhoonidhoo.  Many of Adeeb’s supporters who arrived at the official jetty in order to to greet, him were sent back by police in the one-square-mile capital island.

The authorities station troops’ soldiers and police to manage peace,however, special police units underwent raids at houses and offices attended by the confined vice president.

“Security in Male has been tightened,” police spokesperson Abdulla Nawaz informed the reporters in the capital where many people were captured for disquieting public order.

Police won’t allow any violence in the capital city. Both police and the army will be deployed to patrol the streets of Male.

Official sources told four of the vice president’s companions were captured shortly before Adeeb’s confinement and were also being kept on that prison island.

Yameen chosen Adeeb as his deputy about three months ago after denouncing his original running mate Mohamed Jameel over the charges of disloyalty.

He changed the Maldives’ law to lessen the allowable age of a vice president from the current 35 to 30 in order to give that job to Adeeb. He had a sudden rise in politics and  was also a “hate figure” for his country’s major opposition that alleged him of supplying underworld gangs to undergo attacks against rebels.

 

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