The Criminal Court’s hearing for former Tourism Minister, Ali Waheed, currently on trial for seven counts of sexual offences have been scheduled for 15:00 on June 21, 2021.
Ali Waheed who fled from the country, after his passport was released due to a medical emergency, was also supposed to arrive to Maldives on June as his medical treatment duration of 4 months had expired, however, he has not returned to the country yet. He requested for online hearing via letter to the Maldives Criminal Court for the hearing on June 10th but was later cancelled.
The Prosecutor General’s Office is charging the suspect Ali Waheed with a total of seven counts of sexual offences. The Prosecutor General (PG) of Maldives Hussain Shameem stated that the PG Office has the option to pursue an Interpol red notice to bring back the defendant.
- One count of sexual abuse under article 16 of the Sexual Offences Act (17/2014)
- One count of attempted rape under article 15 of the Sexual Offences Act (17/2014)
- One count of indecent exposure under article 132 of The Constitution of Maldives
- One count of sexual harassment under article 18 of the Sexual Offences Act (17/2014)
- One count of attempted sexual abuse under article 19 of the Sexual Offences Act (17/2014)
- Two counts of unlawful sexual contact under article 81 and 412 of Maldives Penal Code 9/2014
In addition to the sexual harassment case, Ali Waheed is also under investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) regarding eight different issues which were highlighted in the compliance report published by the Auditor General’s Office, concerning the expenses made by the Ministry of Tourism during the pandemic.
Ali Waheed so far has denied all the charges lodged against him. However, if found guilty of the charges, he will face up to 21 years imprisonment.