Police on Sunday located the missing 14 year old boy weeks after he escaped from the country's child care facility.
Police commissioner Mohamed Hameed tweeted that Shaim Abdullah was found hiding in house in the capital Male. Police had to use force to get in to the house and take Shaim into custody, he added but did not reveal any further information.
Shaim has been missing from June 18. He went missing while he was undergoing an assessment at the Villimale' Children' Shelter after he 'fled' the facility.
Although a missing persons case was filed after his disappearance, it was not disclosed that the boy was under state care at the time of the incident.
However, the information came to light when a court order issued by the Juvenile court to locate the boy was leaked on social media, which mentioned that the boy was at the shelter at the time of disappearance.
The Gender Ministry and Minister Shidhaathaa Shareef came under heavy fire over Shaim's disappearance.