Maldives ex-VP jailed for President ‘assassination plot’


MALÉ, Maldives: Former Maldives deputy leader Ahmed Adeeb was convicted of plotting to assassinate the President and sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday, four days after being jailed in another case. With the sentencing, almost all of President Abdulla Yameen’s key rivals are either living in exile or in jail in the island nation, which has been rocked by political turmoil in recent years. Following a closed-door trial, the Criminal Court found ex-Vice President Adeeb and two of his military bodyguards guilty of attempting to kill the President by setting off a bomb on his speedboat on Sept. 28. Yameen escaped unhurt, but his wife and two others were slightly injured.



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