In a video shared on YouTube Monday, men allegedly linked to the Islamic State threatened to kill Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and vice-president Ahmed Adeeb if opposition leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla is not released within 30 days.
Abdulla, a leader of the Islamic conservative Adhaalath, or Justice party, was arrested in May following anti-government protests.
The three-minute-long clip shows three masked men with rifles in their hands.
According to the the International Business Times, one of the men in the video is heard saying: “You need to stop torturing Sheikh Imran without any crimes committed by him while keeping him captive. And if you refuse, we will start life threatening attack on both of your lives (Yameen and Adeeb).”