Former President’s Office Under-Secretary Ibrahim Rasheed ‘Hoara’ Ibbe, who stands accused of sexual offences against a 17 year-old girl, has been placed under house arrest.
Rasheed, who served in the President’s Office under the previous government of Mohamed Nasheed, had been kept in pretrial detention until yesterday (January 5) over the allegations. The Maldives Police Service today confirmed that his detention had been extended for an additional 15 days under house arrest.
Rasheed was arrested on December 6, 2012, after being discovered at a house in the Galolhu Ward of Male’ with a seventeen year-old girl.
A Criminal Court Spokesperson had told local media that Rasheed was brought before a judge yesterday for a hearing on whether to extend the period of his detention. The presiding judge decided that the suspect was to be placed under house arrest for the next 15 days, according to reports.
Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef today confirmed to Minivan News that Rasheed was now placed under house arrest, but could not give further details of the case as it was related to a minor.
‘’In such cases related to minors we do not provide details,’’ he said.
Haneef also declined to confirm local media reports alleging Rasheed and the 17 year-old girl had been found naked when discovered together by police.
Ibrahim Rasheed is a well known politician and a senior figure within the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
According to Maldivian law, any person under 18 years of age is considered a minor.
Special provisions relating to child sex abuse cases state that “for the purpose of this law, unless proven otherwise, the courts shall not accept that the sexual activity was carried out with the consent of the minor, if the minor is between the ages of 13 to 18.”
Sexual offences involving minors is punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment.