Ex-Maldives Vice President deported from India

2019-08-03 at 11:05

Former Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, who was detained in Tamil Naadu for two days, has been deported to his country.

According to The Times of India, the nine crew members of tugboat “Virgo 9” that Adeeb had used to enter India were also handed over to Maldivian authorities at the International Maritime Boundary Line.

The crew members include an Indian and eight Indonesians.

The development comes affter Adeeb’s counsel in London said his client had come to India for political asylum.

Meanwhile, the police in Maldives said the former vice president was “interdicted during his attempt to flee the country via sea”.

The police claimed Adeeb was facing an active travel ban by the Supreme Court of Maldives and was facing investigation for “alleged misappropriation of state funds, corruption and money laundering”.

Adeeb was sacked and arrested on charges of attempting to assassinate former President Abdulla Yameen by blowing up his speedboat in September 2015.

The following year, a court sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

The sentence was quashed in May.