01:48: Maldives Police Service takes Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and his son-in-law (Yumna Maumoon’s husband) to the Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre in a police vessel.
01:38: Maldives Police Service formally announce via Twitter that the former president has been arrested in relation to an “on going investigation” and confirmed that he is now in police custody.
Some police officers who went to make the arrest had saluted Gayyoom and the arresting officers had not used excessive force while making the arrest.
He was surrounded by family and loyal supporters, who had all expressed well-wishes as he was being taken away. Gayyoom appeared calm, collected, and waved to the crowd spiritedly as he was being taken away by the police.
00:20: Lawyer Maumoon Hameed via Twitter:
“Maldives Police Service have arrested President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom on charges of bribery of MPs, attempted bribery, and attempting to unlawfully overthrow the government. Police have also informed President Maumoon that after their search of his residence, he will be taken to Dhoonidhoo Custodial Jail.”
23:58: In a video clip uploaded on social media by Aminath Nadira, an aide of Gayyoom, he alleges he does not know why he is being arrested, and that he believes he is being arrested unlawfully.
23:30: Gayyoom’s daughter Yumna Maumoon has announced that the police officers that entered their residence is arresting her father, the former president and her husband Mohamed Nadheem.
Lawyer Maumoon Hameed said: “Police have granted both a little time to prepare to be taken into custody, and both are so doing now. They will be taken into custody momentarily.”
Maldives Police Service’s Special Operations unit broke in to the former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s residence in the capital Male, Endherimaage late Monday night.
The police’s special unit had first surrounded his residence, and Gayyoom had stated that he did not whether it is to offer him protection, or to make an arrest.
However, less than an hour later, the police had broken the door at Endherimaage and began searching the premise.
Reportedly there were officers in plainclothes that searched the residence of incumbent president’s half-brother.
Gayyoom has been arrested twice before. He was first famously exiled in 1973 to northern Makunudhoo in Haa Dhaalu atoll, but was released five months later on clemency after Ibrahim Naseer assumed presidency. He was imprisoned again in 1974 and spent 50-days in Male Prison.