Ahmed Adeeb, a former Vice President of Maldives, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for money laundering and abuse of power.
Ahmed Adeeb was a close ally of former President Abdullah Yameen and has been jailed for allegedly trying to assassinate the former ruler in 2015 by planting a bomb in his boat, AFP reported.
A Maldivian court also fined the former administration $129,000 for taking bribes from a tourism promoter.
The former vice president was accused of causing $260 million in damage to the national treasury through island leasing and kickbacks from tourism companies to decorate the resort.
Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen is also serving a five-year sentence for money laundering between 2013 and 2018, according to the report.
A Maldivian court official said that Ahmed Adeeb assisted the state in the investigation and agreed to an amnesty.”
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Ahmed Adeeb had earlier been acquitted by the criminal court in July this year but the prosecutor had challenged the decision in the high court and now the apex court has pronounced a new verdict.
It may be recalled that Ahmed Adeeb was initially the Minister of Tourism in the cabinet of former President Abdullah Yameen and was given the post of Vice President but his government could not survive.
Ahmed Adib was sentenced in 2015 to 15 years in prison for attempting to assassinate Abdullah Yameen.
Ahmed Adib was later acquitted after the defeat of Abdullah Yameen in the 2018 elections.
According to the report, Ahmed Adeeb had gone abroad illegally in August last year but was arrested in neighbouring India and deported.
Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb fled the Maldives to the southern Indian port of Tuticorin by sea, where Indian authorities did not allow him to enter the country because he did not have the required documents to enter from there.
It should be noted that former President Abdullah Yameen was accused of either sending all his political rivals to jail or forcing them into exile.