The Criminal Court hearing for former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed on seven counts of sexual assault has been rescheduled for June 21.
Hassan Samil, a media official for the Criminal Court, confirmed that the court is attempting to arrange a hearing for Ali Waheed on June 21, 2021.
The hearing was scheduled to start on June 10, but it was postponed on the day of the hearing after Ali Waheed requested an online hearing in a letter to the Criminal Court on June 9. The reason for the cancellation was unknown.
Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed is on trial for seven counts of sexual offences including attempted rape, sexual assault, and harassment, all of which were brought forward by his fellow employees at the Tourism Ministry. Ali Waheed left the country in February after the Criminal Court controversially released his passport.
The Supreme Court has now revised the procedure for suspects’ travel and prohibited them from leaving the country after choosing a guarantor, effective 15 June 2021. The Criminal Procedure Code originally allowed a suspect to be released from detention, have access to their passport, and travel outside of the country after choosing a guarantor.