Maldives: Former defence minister charged with terrorism over arrest of President Yameen in 2010

MaldivesWritten By: Umaima Rasheed HussainUpdated: Nov 15, 2016, 07:24 PM IST

File photo: Abdulla Yameen. Photograph:(AFP)

Former Maldivian defence minister Ameen Faisal has been charged with terrorism over the arrest of President Abdulla Yameen in 2010 during former president Mohamed Nasheed's administration.

The preliminary hearing of the case schedule for today was later cancelled. 

President Yameen, was a member of the parliament then, was arrested and taken to custody by military officers. 

He was kept under custody for more than a week. 

He had been initially arrested by the police in a suspected case of bribing parliamentary members, in an attempt to overthrow Nasheed's government, but was later released under a supreme court order.

Yameen was arrested for the second time and detained by military officers just after he was released. 

 Ameen Faisal was the defence minister then as well as the advisor of the National security committee. 

 Faisal said he had done nothing illegal during his time as a defence minister.