Maldives briefs Sri Lanka on sniper’s arrest

0_1439981517img_0070_newsMaldives top representative in Sri Lanka has briefed the country’s foreign office about the arrest of a Sri Lankan sniper in the Maldives, the Maldives foreign ministry announced Monday, Haveeru Online reported.

In a tweet, the foreign ministry said Maldives High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Zahiya Zareer met with the Sri Lankan foreign secretary “in a scheduled meeting” Monday morning.

“… Zahiya meets Sri Lanka [foreign secretary and] briefs about the arrest of Sri Lankan national suspected of conspiring to assassinate Maldives president,” a second tweet by the ministry read.

It was reported on Sunday that Zahiya was summoned by the country’s external affairs ministry over a previous incident involving the repatriation of a Maldivian national from Sri Lanka wanted in connection with a recent plot to kill the Maldives president.

Sri Lanka extradited last week a suspect arrested in connection to an explosion aboard a presidential speedboat late September.

Ahmed Ashraf, known by his social media moniker of Shumba Gong, is a self-declared supporter of the embattled former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor.

Sri Lankan authorities arrested him on the request of their Maldivian counterparts.

The Criminal Court has again extended the remand of the Sri Lankan sniper arrested in Maldives allegedly hired and brought into the country as part of a plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Confirming the arrest for the first time, police said in a statement Saturday that the 27-year-old man was arrested on October 24. He has been remanded by the Criminal Court for 15 days, the police added.

The police, however, did not reveal any further details.

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