High Court acquits former MP Adil of sexual abuse charges

The High Court has acquitted former MP Hassan Adil of sexual abuse charges on Wednesday (May 28).

The Prosecutor General’s office charged the former MP for Maradhoo constituency with sexually abusing a 13 year old in 2011 – an offense that carries a 10 – 14 year jail term.

But the Criminal Court acquitted Adil in March 2012 citing lack of evidence. The trials were conducted behind closed doors to protect the families involved.

Two of the three judges on the High Court bench upheld the Criminal Court’s ruling, but Judge Abbas Shareef in a dissenting opinion said there was enough evidence to convict Adil.