Former vice president of Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, has been deported to his country, by the Indian port authorities on Saturday.
Ahmed Adeeb,37, was detained in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on a barge named ‘Virgo 9’ after he entered India without valid documents on Thursday.
According to reports, he entered India seeking political asylum, but Centre rejected his request for the asylum.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs had earlier cleared that Ahmed Adeeb was not permitted entry into India as he was not entering the country through a designated entry point.
He added that the former leader did not even possess valid documents.
He was the Vice President of Maldives in 2015 but was removed from the post after he rebelled against former president Abdulla Yameen.
He was jailed for three years on terrorism and corruption charges. However, his 33-year jail sentence was later wiped by the appeal courts, citing political influence over his trials.
His law firm has also alleged that after being acquitted by the Supreme Court of Maldives, he was held under house arrest.
His council said that he was “used as a political pawn by the State Security Forces to implicate members of the previous administration.”
Ahmed Adeeb is also under investigation for alleged misappropriating of funds.
The Maldivian Supreme Court of Maldives has imposed a travel ban on him and withheld his passport.
According to Maldivian media reports, Ahmed was freed from house arrest two weeks ago after he had served a 15-day contempt of court sentence.