Maldives jails ex-VP for plotting to kill president

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Former Maldives deputy leader Ahmed Adeeb has been jailed for 15 years for plotting to assassinate the president, the latest in a string of prosecutions of senior politicians and opposition figures in the troubled island nation.

Adeeb was convicted late Thursday of attempting to kill President Abdulla Yameen by setting off a bomb on his speedboat last September, his lawyer said.

Two of the vice president's military bodyguards were also convicted after the trial, which was held behind closed doors.

The verdicts mean almost all of Yameen's key rivals are in jail or exiled from the Maldives, a popular honeymoon destination that has been rocked by political turmoil in recent years.

They come weeks after Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected president, was granted asylum in Britain.

Nasheed, whose legal team includes high-profile human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on controversial terrorism charges last year but was allowed to travel to Britain for surgery in January and was granted political asylum last month. (AFP)

  Comments - 6

  • Shihani Friday, 10 June 2016 05:50 PM

    Why cannot Sri Lanka take legal actions against culprits just like Maldives without dragging the cases too long?

    Ranjan Friday, 10 June 2016 05:51 PM

    Sri Lankan judicial system is very slow. There are dozens of cases which have not yet been taken into prosecutions.

    Hera Friday, 10 June 2016 05:52 PM

    Great example

    ANTON Friday, 10 June 2016 06:23 PM

    HERE IN SRILANKA, OUR KILLER BIG SHOTS HAVE NEVER SEEN JAILS.

    stardust Friday, 10 June 2016 06:38 PM

    You are wrong. I'm not sure about Adeeb, but Nasheed is a good man. Yameen is like MR who imprisoned General Fonseka !

    TRUE MAN Friday, 10 June 2016 07:39 PM

    IN SRI LANKA CULPRITS ARE GIVEN SAFE HOUSE TO SAVE THE PARTY. IT INDICATES. .ALL HAVE DIRTY. HANDS. via DM Android App


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