Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed’s hearing, which was set to be heard in the Supreme Court this morning, was cancelled due to his absence.
The hearing today was about the case made against him by the Prosecutor General’s Office over enabling him to attend his lower court trial on multiple charges of sexual assault virtually from outside Maldives.
The Prosecutor General’s Office presented the issue of conducting online trials before lower courts, the Criminal Court and the High Court, but failed to obtain a favorable result before deciding to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
The country’s top court already ordered the Criminal Court to halt the trial in Ali Waheed’s sexual assault case, which has since been suspended.
Ali Waheed was dismissed as tourism minister in July 2020, following allegations of sexual assault by tourism ministry employees.
He is charged with seven counts of sexual offences, including attempted rape, sexual indecent exposure, sexual assault, attempting to commit sexual assault, and unlawful sexual contact.
He had a travel prohibition against him at the time, but on February 9, the Criminal Court temporarily freed his passport and permitted him to fly overseas for medical treatment. He departed for the United Kingdom right away.