The Criminal Court has today issued a court warrant for the arrest of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Hassan Adil.
A police spokesperson confirmed that court warrant was issued and for charges of child molestation, but declined to provide further information.
When asked about Adil’s future in the party should he be found guilty, MDP Chairperson Mariya Ahmed Didi told Minivan News that if Adil was found guilty “then of course the party should [take action]. The party does not condone such acts. But we should only speculate after the court has come to a verdict.”
She referred Minivan News to Parliamentary Group Leader ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, however his phone was switched off at time of press. MDP Parliamentary group’s former spokesperson MP Ahmed Shifaz said that he had heard about the incident but declined to comment on the matter.
Last month local newspaper Haveeru published an article reporting that police and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) were conducting a joint investigation regarding child molestation allegations against a MP, which was later removed from the newspaper’s website.
HRCM President Maryam Azra told Minivan News at the time that she did not know whether the commission was investigating the case.
”We are trying to find out who it was that has told Haveeru so,” she said at the time.
Azra did not respond to Minivan News today at time of press.
Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Ahmed Nihan said he had no information on the issue.
Over the past year there has been an increase in reports of child abuse, including by high-profile individuals in the Maldives. Prominent Quran reciter Hussein Thaufeeq, who appears every day on TV and teaches Quran to children, was recently arrested on numerous child molestation charges.
Adil, a former member of the opposition-aligned Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), did not appear in parliament today.