The Criminal Court today granted the Prosecutor General (PG) permission to hold Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Hassan Adil in detention until his trial reaches conclusion.
The court has said that permission was granted upon a request made by the PG’s office today during the first hearing of the trial.
Police have alleged that Adil sexually abused a 13 year-old girl belonging to a family with whom he was close friends.
The Criminal Court said the court warrant to hold Adil under detention until the trial end was issued according to article 28 of Child Sex Offenders Special Provisions Act.
The Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Adil in April. His detention was subsequently extended, and then later reduced to house arrest.
Police concluded the investigation of Adil in May and forwarded the case to the PG.
As the trial concerns to a child, the Criminal Court has decided to conduct the trial closed to the public and journalists.
Article 73[c]2 of the constitution states that a member of the parliament will be disqualified if found guilty of a criminal offence that involves a prison sentence of more than twelve months.
Adil was formerly a member of the Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) prior to joining the MDP last year.