Reinstated lawmaker surrenders to authorities

The reinstated lawmaker of Dhan'gethi constituency Ilham Ahmed has turned himself over to local authorities after a manhunt was issued on him.

The lawmaker was in missing for nearly two days since he was released from Criminal Court a day after he was apprehended first, upon his arrival to Maldives - at the Velana International Airport.

Under the Supreme Court order of annulling the anti-defection law, Ahmed has been reinstated to the parliament seat while earlier he was declared deposed by local elections watchdog.

Ahmed had surrendered himself to Maldives Police Service at 11:37hrs on Monday morning, while a day earlier police had requested public support in his manhunt.

On Sunday his wife was arrested amid the ongoing crackdown on the country's top court over an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Police had initially announced a manhunt for Ilham and South-Machchangoalhi MP Abdulla Sinan ongoing investigation by its economic crimes department.

Shortly after the manhunt was announced, Sinan had turned himself in saying that he wished to cooperate with the investigation.

Police had immediately taken the former government lawmaker into custody transferring him to the custodial jail in Dhoonidhoo island.

According to the arrest warrant, the two lawmakers have been accused of being bribed and playing a key role in the bid to overthrow the government which the duo had vehemently denied.

The duo had been arrested on Sunday immediately after they returned from self exile after the government launched a crackdown on the dozen lawmakers who had backed an opposition led move to unseat the parliament speaker last March.