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Ex-VP Adeeb pleads guilty, court to fast track case

Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 September 2019, MVT 14:40
Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb leaves Police Headquarters. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 September 2019, MVT 14:40

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on Tuesday pleaded guilty, during the preliminary hearing held regarding his attempt to flee from Maldives while under travel ban.

Adeeb was banned from leaving the country until the Supreme Court closed an ongoing case, filed against the former vice president by the state.

However, Adeeb had attempted to flee aboard 'Virgo 9', a Singapore-flagged tug, posing as a crew-member. Indian authorities intercepted the former vice president near the coast of Tuticorin Port, Thoothukudi, and he was extradited on August 4.

Consequently, the Prosecutor General's Office charged him with obstructing the administration of law.

Speaking at the hearing, Adeeb stated that he pleaded guilty, and had already done so and begged forgiveness during the police investigation. He requested the court to consider his ailing health before announcing a verdict.

Following his admission, the Criminal Court announced the decision to fast track and close the case within five days, as per the Criminal Procedure Code.

Obstruction of justice carries a sentence of four months and 24 days. However, if defendants pleaded guilty to the offence, the sentence would be shortened to three months and 18 days.

Maldives Correctional Service have since transferred Adeeb to house arrest. The travel ban against the former vice president remains in effect.

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