The Prosecutor General’s Office (PG Office) has requested a new court order to seize the passport of former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed, who is currently on trial for seven counts of sexual assault.
Public Prosecutor Ahmed Shafeeu, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office, revealed that the PG Office has filed a request with the Maldives Police Service for an order to retain Ali Waheed’s passport.
The PG Office anticipates that the order will prevent Ali Waheed from leaving the UK for any other country other than the Maldives, according to Shafeeu.
Ali Waheed, who fled the country after his passport was released due to a medical emergency, was expected to return to the Maldives in June when his four-month medical treatment period expired, but he has yet to return. He requested an online hearing through the Maldives Criminal Court in a letter dated June 10th.
Ali Waheed is being charged with a total of seven counts of sexual offences.
- 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
Ali Waheed has denied all the charges lodged against him. However, if found guilty of the charges, he will face up to 21 years imprisonment.