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Maldives vice president arrested over alleged assassination plot

© Justshinan, Wikimedia Commons | Vice President of the Maldives Ahmed Adeeb

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-10-24

Maldives police arrested Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Saturday on suspicion of links to a blast on the presidential boat last month that authorities have said was an assassination attempt.

Police spokesman Ismail Ali said Adeeb was arrested at the airport when he returned from an official visit to China. He said Adeeb has been taken to a detention centre on an island.

The Sept. 28 explosion took place aboard the speedboat when President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his wife were returning to the capital from the airport after a hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. The airport of this archipelago state is on a separate island.

Gayoom escaped unhurt but his wife, an aide and a bodyguard were injured.

Authorities said initially the blast could be a result of a mechanical failure. But they announced later the blast was an attempt to assassinate Gayoom and launched a criminal investigation. The device was placed under the seat usually occupied by the president, who escaped unhurt because he wasn't sitting there, the government said.

Adeeb has denied any links to the explosion.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)
 

Date created : 2015-10-24

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