Mal­dives pres­i­dent says deputy ‘a se­cu­rity threat’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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