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Ex-Maldives vice prez detained in Tamil Nadu for illegally entering India

New Delhi, August 1: Former Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb was detained Thursday by Indian authorities for trying to illegally enter the South Asian nation on a tug boat, officials said.
Adeeb, who was released from a Maldives jail in May after a court quashed a conviction for attempting to kill then-president Abdulla Yameen in 2015, was taken into custody in the port city of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu state, the officials told AFP.
He is due to face a new trial over the attempted murder case and also faces corruption investigations dating back to when he was deputy to Yameen, who was defeated in an election last year.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Adeeb did not have a passport when he was detained on the tug.
The Maldives government made no immediate comment.
Adeeb is under investigation in the Maldives over allegations that state funds were embezzled and that he was involved in a money laundering scandal embroiling Yameen.
The Maldives government seized Adeeb’s passport amid the investigations. (AFP)

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