Resort staff arrested in Addu for premarital sex

Police have arrested a 36 year-old Maldivian man and a 33 year-old Thai woman for premarital sex, both of them staff at Herethera Island Resort in Addu Atoll.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said the pair were arrested last Thursday following a complaint received by police.

”Both of them have been arrested and are in police custody,” Shiyam said, noting that the pair were arrested on charges of sexual misconduct.

”They were not arrested while they were on Herethera Resort, but while they were on an island in Addu Atoll.”

He said police were currently investigating the matter.

Local media reported that an islander alerted police and when police officers attended the scene the couple were involved in sexual activity.

An islander told newspaper Haveeru that the individuals were involved in a relationship and used to visit the house they were arrested inside very frequently.

Staff at Herathera declined to comment in the absence of the general manager, who was overseas at time of press.

Under the 1968 Penal Code the penalty for premarital sex is 100 lashes. A updated Penal Code has been at committee stage in parliament for more than a year.

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34 thoughts on “Resort staff arrested in Addu for premarital sex”

  1. I bet even the first police officers at the scene had indulged in hanky panky with girlfreinds at some time.
    Doesn't the police have anything better to do? From all reports the couple in question was in a relationship, what they do inside a room is their own business and no-one else.

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  2. Lol. Jeffery Salim Waheed, not everyone is as smart as you to lock the doors.

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  3. This is seriously ridiculous! Do you know how many couples visit the Maldives who are not married! If these people lashed it'll go viral and it close down Tourism in the Maldives.

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  4. There is lot of petty thieves, dope peddlers, drug addicts and thousands of illegal immigrants who do direct and indirect harm to our economy. Just canโ€™t understand why police donโ€™t arrest them. Than we can say that the police force is doing their job properly.
    Arresting responsible and hard working person for silly reasons is stupidity

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  5. Police do the patrolling as if tourists make sightseeing trips around the island...so I appreciate that our youth does not kill someone as a result of violating the country's Speed Limit or just using a sharp object like a knife that is gradually developing....I have no doubt we would soon experience a bloodbath in this country if the Police work like this

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  6. I wonder why Police can't arrest those thugs roaming around freely on the streets of our islands. Why can't police stop these noisy motor bikes which has now become so common that we can not sleep at night and our little kids wake up suddenly with fear. Nobody seems to bother about this.

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  7. I think the main crime here is the person who made a complaint to the police in the first place. Shows what cowardly people exist amongst us. Why make a complaint? What purpose does it serve to do this? Idiots with obviously nothing better to do. Maybe they deserve the 100 lashes instead for wasting police time who could be out arresting dangerous gangsters. I'd like to see that law put in place.

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  8. Medieaval mentality, as practiced in that earthly paradise called Saudi Arabia. Perhaps your updated penal code is long overdue, to bring Maldives into the 21st century?

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  9. The "medieval mentality" you all so eloquently derogate is reflect in our very laws.

    Accept the difficulty of this situation.

    - Sex outside marriage is a crime under our own laws.

    - We have persistently elected political leaders (Presidents, MPs etc.) who do not propose to change such laws.

    - Only a small minority of our population possess either the sense, the capability of introspection or proper Western-leaning English medium education (as some would call it) to oppose the hypocrisy of letting such laws remain in place while accepting that extramarital sex is an everyday occurrence.

    - The existence of law criminalizing and everyday practice leads to arbitrary abuse of such laws at the discretion of informants and law enforcement officials (examples of such laws - laws criminalizing homosexuality (widely practiced), laws criminalizing black market trade of dollars (ditto)).

    I do not propose that any of these laws should be repealed. However, outrage is empty when it is only heard by those who already hold the views expressed. Outrage expressed in private is cowardice.

    On the other hand it is also foolishness to publicly support the values which the majority of a population violently oppose. Consider incidents such as this, the natural fallout of the state of our cultural, political and economic development in its current stage.

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  10. Don't the police have some sort of priority list? When the Maldives is fast becoming the crime hotspot of the world, why on earth should the police be wasting their time and resources on bothering consenting adults sleeping in their rooms. Some thing is seriously wrong with this country.

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  11. Money For Nothing.. Chicks for Free huh.
    Dire was so right, I believe.

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  12. I'm sad. I love The Maldives but find this hypocrisy nauseating. The person above got this right, if you don't modernise your archaic laws, or at least stop acting upon them with this level of inhumanity, you will terrify tourists from the more tolerant nations around the world, into staying away for fear of being arrested. Not all couples arriving on holiday are married and should not be too scared to visit you because of it. I find it increasingly difficult, because of some of your extreme attitudes and religious rules, to recommend The Maldives to people in the UK which is a shame, as tourism has clearly brought much needed prosperity.

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  13. @Derek

    Medieaval mentality?

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/9872831/long-lost-father-daughter-face-jail-for-having-sexual-affair

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  14. The thai woman mentioned here was a well known sex addict among the work places she went. She worked as a site supervisor or some sort of job. She was infamous for trying to seduce people. Apparently she was a cougar lol! ^^

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  15. @Zeena, the article you quote
    (father/daughter having sex)is not exactly a good comparison with two young unrelated people doing the same thing..and we do not give people 100 lashes any more in Europe.

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  16. Can anyone tell me what happened to the Thai girls apparently working in a brothel on Gan ?

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  17. We need to make a decision on what is acceptable, one minute people are complaining that Maldivians are not living according to the 'proper' way, the next minute they are complaining that unmarried people are being arrested for having sex outside of marriage-which is illegal in this country at the moment, what a load of c***!

    We can't pick and choose the things we want to believe in when we fancy, then change our minds when it suits us.

    I hope this dude enjoyed himself before the cops arrived, bit double standards though-what about the Maldivian girl who was filmed by her partner having sex, she claimed it was rape, even though she was obviously happy to join in, the dude got into trouble and she was sent home, free to pick up more guys, and there have been many more!

    Go to any resort and you can find many Maldivian water sport staff and foreigners having sex, will the police start patrolling to catch them at it? While they are at it, they may want to arrest certain resort owners who hire girls whose overtime it is to keep the owner and his friends 'happy', and if they say no it's bye bye Maldives

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  18. This is ridiculous. I have to agree with the sentiments, is this what the Police are supposed to do now?
    I am sure that there are more important things for Police to do than go searching for people who are supposed to be having sex.

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  19. @ Derek,

    I believe it is a very good comparison. Is it fair to lock two people in jail for years for having sex? Here, we are talking about two mature adults who loves each other and wants to live together.

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  20. Is this true democracy? people living in fear, because if what you believe is different to the norm there will be a witch hunt

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  21. hypocrisy at its best! well done again, Maldives! lets put all maldivians who have sex outside of marriage to jail..we'd need to build another 100 prisons i guess..if not more ๐Ÿ™‚ since when did a relationship (sexual or not) between two people become police business? shouldnt they be doing more effective things like dealing with gangs, drugs, human trafficing, exploitation of foreign workers? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. @Zeena, do some research, the couple had admitted the same charge four years ago and were both punished for the offence - they began the affair again!

    Two mature adults who love each other? They are father and daughter. That may be acceptable in your world but nowhere else. I am sure even Islam has something to say about that kind of sex.

    On the first occasion, Yates was given a community service order for 18 months and Butler received four months jail.

    The 20 years jail is a MAXIMUM possible sentence, they will actually get nowhere near this, and ZERO lashes of course!

    As I said, no comparison at all with the Addu Atoll incident.

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  23. Yes, Derek, the main point is simply what is acceptable in a society. The acceptance is mainly based on things like morality, etc. In your society, I am guessing it is acceptable for two male adults to have a homosexual relation. But at the same time their relationship will not be acceptable if they are brothers. Why?

    The point I want to make is primarital sex is not acceptable in our society. Simple as that. Pls do your own research why Islam forbids sex outside marriage.

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  24. from what i see, my point if view, there are lot of things that influence this kind of issues.
    1. We call ourselves muslims..
    2. our society still condemns sex b4 marriage
    3. IF the police did not go to catch the fellows; then instead of this news, it wud have been in a good heading "POLICE REFUSAL TO INVESTIGATE PRE-MARITAL SEX"

    here what happened is carelessness. we all are aware of the sex we had/have b4 marriage...i mean wake up...reason y v never got caught was bcz apparently we were careful enuf.

    So next time,...b careful and dont let these kinds of things get in the way..

    Damn the person who reported...it wud have been some1 hu had a crush on the guy or gal.Nothing happens without reason..specialy placing a 30 MRF call to police to come and arrest pple having sex where u cant even see it

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  25. Lets have the police arrest everyone for having sex outside of marriage..well then what to do about the goat some months back? i guess the guy and the goat werent married either? this is what happens when you ban sex between men and women..they will find other ways like animals, rape,.. lets see what will happen next

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  26. WHY DOESNT MINIVAN REPORT ON TOURISM MINISTRY DECISION TO NOT TAKE OVER THE RESORTS WHO REFUSE TO PAY WHAT THEY OWE THE NATION??? WHILE THIS BLOODY MDP GOVERNMENT TRIES TO MILK US ORDINARY PEOPLE DRY BY IMPOSING EVERY BLODDY TAX UNDER THE SUN THEY KEEP RELAXING THE LAND LEASE FROM 25 YEARS TO 50 YEARS TO 99 YEARS FOR ALL THESE MDP CRONIES AND THEIR FOREIGN BUDDIES WHO FUND MDP.....

    THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY IS CLEAR ON PREMARITAL SEX, IF ITS REPORTED ITS THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE IT. THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB, AND AS SOMEONE POINTED OUT SOMETIMES THESE GIRLS ARE EXPECTED TO "SERVE" THESE MANAGERS.......IF THE FOREIGNERS WHO WRITE FOR MINIVAN CANNOT TOLERATE THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY TOUGH LUCK, TO EACH THEIR OWN, WE DONT JUDGE YOUR MORAL VALUES, AS LONG AS YOU LIVE AND REAP THE BENEFITS OF THIS COUNTRY LEARN TO RESPECT ITS LAWS AND REGULATIONS. WANKERS!

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