- Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghaffoor sentenced to 33 years by Maldives court
- Gaffoor became the 5th Vice President of Maldives in July 2015, was removed after 3 months by bringing a no-confidence motion.
Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu). Former Vice President of Maldives Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghaffoor was detained by Indian authorities at the port of Tuticorin. He was trying to enter the country illegally on Thursday. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that Gaffur had reached the coast of Tamil Nadu in a ‘Virgo-9’ tug boat.
Sources said that the boat was raided by the Customs and Intelligence Department team based on secret information. During this time, former Vice President Ghaffoor was caught by a Singapore-bound boat. They were hidden behind the crew member. They did not have the documents required to enter India. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar said that we are collecting more information about this.
Gaffoor was removed as Vice President in 2015
Ahmed Adeeb is a high profile politician from Maldives. The court there sentenced him to 33 years in corruption and other cases. In July 2015, Ghaffoor was elected the 5th Vice President of the Maldives. About three months later, he was removed from office by bringing a no-confidence motion in Parliament. Prior to this, Gaffur was also the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture.