Former Maldives vice-president gets 10 years jail for possession of firearms

Former president Mohamed Nasheed, former defense minister Mohamed Nazim and head of a leading political party, Sheik Imran Abdulla, are the others to get lengthy prison terms.

By: AP | Male | Published: June 6, 2016 1:34 pm
maldives VP jail, Maldives vice president jail, maldives vp jail news, maldives jail vp, world news, maldives vp news, maldives news, international news Former Maldives vice-president Ahmed Adeeb speaking to media at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, near Male, Maldives. (Source: AP/File)

A Maldives court has convicted the country’s former vice-president on a terrorism charge for possession of firearms and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

The decision by the Criminal Court on Monday in a session closed to the media made Ahmed Adeeb the fourth high-profile politician to be jailed on a terrorism charge since President Yameen Abdul Gayoom was elected in 2013.

Former president Mohamed Nasheed, former defense minister Mohamed Nazim and head of a leading political party, Sheik Imran Abdulla, are the others to get lengthy prison terms.

Nasheed has since been granted asylum in Britain.

The cases have been criticized for a lack of due process violations.

Adeeb still faces charges of trying to assassinate Gayoom when an explosion hit his presidential speedboat last year.

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