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.