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High Court orders ex-VP Adeeb's remand until end of appeal

Ahmed Aiham
23 July 2020, MVT 17:48
Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb on July 23, prior to his remand hearing at the High Court. AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
23 July 2020, MVT 17:48

The High Court on Thursday, ordered to remand former vice president Ahmed Adeeb, until the end of his appeal.

Adeeb walked free on July 14, after the Criminal Court wiped away all charges against him, over the state entering a confessional agreement with the ex-VP over unlawful and questionable grounds.

The High Court made the decision to remand him, citing the risk of Adeeb attempting to flee the country again,.

Prior to his hearing, the Criminal Court had also implemented a travel ban on Adeeb.

On August 1, 2019, Adeeb had attempted to escape aboard a Singapore-flagged tug named 'Virgo 9', posing as a crew-member. Indian authorities intercepted the former vice president off the coast of Tuticorin Port, Thoothukudi. He was extradited on August 4.

In 2016, during former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration, Adeeb was sentenced to 33 years in jail over his involvement in the MMPRC graft, for orchestrating an assassination attempt on President Yameen, and weapons possession.

However, Adeeb's charges were later dropped following the change of administration in November 2019.

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