Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed, who is facing several sexual assault charges, has been arrested in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, according to local media reports.
However, it is unknown whether Ali Waheed was apprehended by Interpol or British police.
According to reports, Ali Waheed was arrested while preparing for a press conference to discuss the charges levelled against him.
But the Maldives Police Service stated that they had not received and had not shared any information on Ali Waheed’s arrest.
Ali Waheed was dismissed as tourism minister in July 2020, following allegations of sexual assault by tourism ministry employees.
He faces seven counts of sexual assault, including attempted rape, sexual indecent exposure, sexual assault, attempting to conduct sexual assault, and two counts of unauthorised sexual contact.
On February 9, the Criminal Court temporarily released Ali Waheed’s passport and permitted him to travel overseas for medical treatment. He immediately left for the United Kingdom.
Despite the fact that the court-mandated four-month period for his overseas travel had expired in June, he did not return to the Maldives.
On August 11, the Supreme Court found Ali Waheed’s refusal to appear in court to constitute contempt of court, with the court sentencing him to two months and 12 days in prison for failing to appear before the court twice despite receiving court summons.
Following that, the Maldives Police Service requested assistance from British authorities and Interpol in extraditing Ali Waheed to the Maldives in order to carry out his prison term.