Two expatriates working on the island of Innamaadhoo in Raa Atoll have been arrested on charges of sexually abusing two young girls.
Deptuty Chair of the Island Council Abdulla Shafeeq told Minivan News today that both expatriates were Bangladeshi nationals and that they have been living on the island for almost a year.
“The two expats showed pornographic materials to the girls – the girls would be only nine years of age,” Shafeeq said. “One man is 24 and the other is 30 years-old.”
Shafeeq said the abuse had been going on for some time, and the first incident occurred about a month ago.
“But yesterday at school, the girls told their classmate about this and then the parents found out,” he said.
Shafeeq said the two men were then summoned to the Council Office.
“Four islanders went to their place to get them and they refused and attacked the four,” Shafeeq said, adding that later a confrontation between the islanders and the two men also occurred while they were inside the council office.
He said that the two men were later taken away by police.
“The police arrested them and we received no further information,” Shafeeq said.
He said that the two expats have been working on the island in the construction industry.
Local media cited an islander as stating that the two girls were threatened using a knife, however Shafeeq could not confirm the allegations.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said police are currently investigating the case.