Just days after Ahmed Adeeb was slammed with a separate 10-year conviction on “terrorism” charge, the ex deputy leader of the Maldives has been handed a fresh 15-year jail sentence for attempting to assassinate the president of the European country.
A Criminal Court, following a closed-door trial on Thursday, found the ex-vice president Adeeb and two of his military bodyguards guilty of attempting to kill President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
The court said Adeeb and his cohorts attempted to assassinate the president by setting off a bomb on his speedboat in September 2015.
The president escaped unhurt, but his wife and two others were slightly injured and after being enlisted to look into the incident, FBI investigators reported there was no evidence that a bomb was behind the blast.
Yet, Adeeb arrested was arrested by the police and tried in secret following allegations he wanted to topple Gayoom.
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