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Maldives arrest Adheeb after India denies him entry
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Maldives arrest Adheeb after India denies him entry

S.Murari

Maldives police on Saturday arrested former Vice-President Abdul Ahmed Adheeb after he was denied asylum and sent back by India.

The Maldives police took him back into custody shortly after Indian Coast Guard escorted his tugboat in which he made an illegal entry and handed him over to them on the international maritime boundary.

”We would like to confirm that Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor has been arrested and transported to our country”, Maldives police said on Saturday. Adheeb was deposed and convicted of attempt to kill former President Abdulla Yameen and of embezzlement and sentenced to 30 years jail, The country’s Supreme Court quashed his conviction and ordered a fresh trial. He was since then under house arrest.

Adheeb fled the country in a cargo boat which shuttles between Male and arrived in Thoothukudi, an unauthorized entry point on Thursday last. The Indian Foreign Ministry said he had no valid documents and he tried to come in through Thoothukudi which was not one of designated entry points for foreigners. The Government of India also rejected his reported plea for political asylum on the ground that he faced a threat to his life.