Male: Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was arrested on Saturday over last month’s alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen in a bomb blast on board his speedboat.
Adeeb’s dramatic arrest at the Maldives’ main international airport followed “extensive investigations by both local and international agencies,” the government said in a statement posted on the website of its high commission in New Delhi.
“The charges are extremely serious, and the government has had to act decisively,” it said, without saying whether the vice president had been formally charged. Home minister Umar Naseer earlier posted on Twitter that Adeeb was in detention on Dhoonidhoo prison island.
“Charges: high treason,” he tweeted. Adeeb, 33, was arrested on Saturday as he returned home from Singapore, where he had stopped over after attending an investment forum in China. Maldivian police confirmed his detention was linked to an investigation into the September 28 blast aboard Yameen’s speedboat, which left the leader unhurt but his wife and two others slightly injured. Adeeb was escorted by police as he disembarked from a Singapore Airlines flight, with a coastguard boat taking him to prison island Dhoonidhoo....