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Police arrest ex-VP, transferred to Dhoonidhoo

Ahmed Aiham
05 August 2019, MVT 08:20
Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb since his re-arrest by the Maldives Police Service. PHOTO: SOCIAL MEDIA / UNKNOWN / MIHAARU FILES
Ahmed Aiham
05 August 2019, MVT 08:20

Maldives Police Service, on early Monday morning, re-arrested former vice president Ahmed Adeeb and transferred him to Dhoonidhoo Prison.

Following the successful extradition on late Sunday, Adeeb was brought to Police Headquarters upon arrival and then taken to Criminal Court for an extension on his remand.

Based on Police accounts, the court moved against the detention and freed Adeeb on grounds that his initial arrest occurred in international waters outside the jurisdiction of Maldivian law.

However, the Criminal Court issued a warrant for Adeeb's arrest early Monday and was subsequently arrested at approximately 0530 hrs.

In addition to violating a travel ban, Adeeb is accused of fleeing the country after signing a confession and agreeing to testify in court.

The Indian Coastguard escorted Virgo 9, the tugboat aboard which Adeeb attempted to flee on July 27, to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) during the early hours of Saturday and transferred him to the Maldives Coast Guard.

The official spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar stated, "... since he was not entering India through a designated entry point and did not possess the valid document, he has not been permitted entry into India."

Although all the charges against ex-VP Adeeb were dropped, clearing him from serving a jail sentence of 33 years, the state appealed one case regarding the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) fraud at the Supreme Court. The apex court also imposed a travel ban on Adeeb until the conclusion of the aforementioned case.

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