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Maldives Vice-President arrested, indicted for high treason in an alleged plot to assassinate the president

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Maldives Vice-President Ahmed Adeev has been arrested in
connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the President, Abdulla Yameen
Gayoom.

According to the Police spokesman Ismail
Ali, Ahmed Adeeb was arrested today Saturday Oct. 24th at the airport when he returned
from an official visit to China, on
suspicion of links to a blast on the presidential boat last month. 

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The September 28 explosion took place aboard the boat when President
Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his wife were returning to the capital from the
airport after a hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The president was unhurt, but his wife and and a number of others
were injured when the device went off under a seat normally – but not in
this instance – occupied by Mr Yameen. 

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Soon after the blast,
speculation began to grow that Mr Adeeb was involved, reports say. Under
the Maldivian constitution, the vice-president succeeds the president
if he dies, is incapacitated or resigns. 

Officials described the
attack as an assassination attempt and had arrested two senior police
officers – a week after the president fired his defence minister.

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Home Minister Naseer said Mr Adeeb was being held on a prison island. 

Source: LIB

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