Maldives president says deputy ‘a security threat’
Maldives president Abdulla Yameen has described his deputy as a threat to national security, after his arrest over an alleged assassination attempt last month.
Mr Yameen claimed bombmaking materials had been found during raids on Ahmed Adeeb’s associates.
The president was unhurt in the blast on his speedboat, which left his wife and two others slightly injured.
“The vice-president is being detained for the safety and security of the entire nation,” Mr Yameen said in a televised address.
He said the investigation pointed to links between Mr Adeeb and two soldiers who were arrested for tampering with evidence on the boat soon after the blast.
Mr Adeeb, who is among seven people being held for questioning, has denied any links to the explosion.