Malaysia deports four suspects over murder attempt on Maldives president

President Abdulla Yameen, 59, was unhurt in the Sept 28 blast as his presidential boat Finifenmaa approached the capital Male.
President Abdulla Yameen, 59, was unhurt in the Sept 28 blast as his presidential boat Finifenmaa approached the capital Male.PHOTO: AFP/MALDIVES PRESIDENCY

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Four Maldives nationals believed to be involved in the Sept 28 assassination attempt on their president have been deported to the country, Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Friday (Oct 30).

The two men, including a 47-year-old Investment Ambassador, and two women were detained on Wednesday at a condominium by Bukit Aman's Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.

"All suspects have been deported to Maldives on Oct 30.

"The arrest was possible based on the cooperation with Maldives authorities," he said in a statement Friday.

President Abdulla Yameen, 59, was unhurt in the Sept 28 blast as his presidential boat Finifenmaa approached the capital Male while he was returning from Saudi Arabia after the haj pilgrimage. His wife and two aides were injured.

Vice-president Ahmed Adheeb was arrested over the incident.