State Minister for Economic Development Mohamed Adil Saleem has claimed that stories circulating about him trying to drunkenly rape two girls in a Marble apartment were both untrue and damaging to the girls concerned.
Newspaper Haveeru published a story claiming a leaked police report contained details about someone taking drugs inside Marble, and that on arrival police discovered Adil drunk with two girls, aged 21 and 20.
Police inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed the police were called to Marble after they received a report that a girl was crying for help somewhere around Marble on Wednesday night, and discovered three empty bottles of alcohol in a dustbin on the sixth floor. Haveeru claimed that the leaked document said the bottles were found on the third floor, the same floor as Adil’s apartment.
Adil said he assisted police on the request of his brother, after they were called to Marble to investigate an incident.
”The police came and said they wanted to check Marble, and I opened all the apartments on each floor,” he said.
Adil said that the police asked to check his own apartment as well.
”I knew according to the law the police could not check my apartment without a court warrant, but since I have nothing to hide, I showed them my apartment,” he said.
He said both of the girls in his apartment were students, one of whom had been living with him for 11 years and the other the daughter of his father’s close friend.
”They both are like my family members,” Adil said.
“The police wanted to check their rooms. Rumours that they were wearing bikinis is a lie; one of them was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, the other was wearing her pyjamas,” he said.
Police checked the apartment thoroughly and left, he said, but returned four times.
“The third time police said they received information that somebody was using drugs in my apartment,” Adil said.
”I allowed them to check again, it was around 4:00am this time. They checked inside the washing machine, under the mattress, bedsheets, inside the sofa and inside shoes,” he said.
Adil claimed the police arrived again around 6:00am, but this time he denied them entry and asked them to wait outside while he called the police station.
“The police said that instead of a big crowd of police, they would be sending someone senior,” he said. That person came and looked around his apartment and left, Adil said.
He claims he did not know anything about the three empty bottles of alcohol until he was told about them by the building’s manager.
The stories about him drunk with two girls were untrue, he stressed.
”It is really sad that people spread these types of untrue rumors – what would the parents of the two girls think? How would they feel about this?” he asked.
President’s Office Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair said he supported Adil and did not believe the rumours were true, and were a “political attack linked to Thursday night’s protest [outside Muleeage].”
DRP spokesman Ibrahim Shareef said as the matter was a police case the party would not comment.