The Prosecutor General’s Office (PG) has appealed MP Hassan Adil’s sexual abuse case at the High Court, after the Criminal Court ruled that the state had failed to present sufficient evidence as per the requirement of Article 47 of the use of Child Sex Abuse (Special Provision)’s Act.
PG officials confirmed to local media that Adil’s case had been submitted to the High Court and the High Court had accepted it.
Police arrested Adil on 4th April 2011 with a court warrant, and on the next day extended his detention period for 15 days. He was later transferred to house arrest.
On June 12 last year the court granted the Prosecutor General (PG)’s permission to hold Adil in house arrest until the trial reached a conclusion.
If the court finds Adil guilty, he would face imprisonment for a period of between 10 to 14 years and would lose his seat in parliament.
Under article 73(c)(3) of the constitution, MPs found guilty of a criminal offence “and sentenced to a term of more than twelve months” would be stripped of their seat.
Police at the time alleged that Adil had sexually abused a 13 year-old girl belonging to a family with whom he was close friends. The family of the victim had raised concerns over the delays in filing the case in court by the Prosecutor General.
MP Hassan Adil was originally elected to the parliament under the ticket of Dr Hassan Saeed’s Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), however he switched allegiance and defected to then ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
Following the change of power on February 7, he left the MDP and joined the pro-government Jumhoree Party (JP).
MP Hassan Adil is set to announce his decision to leave the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) over the next week, according to local media reports.
Sun Online today quoted Adil as saying he was “not at all happy” with how the MDP was presently being run and was considering switching his allegiance to an unspecified party.
Adil, who as acquitted of child abuse charges by the Criminal Court back in March over a lack of evidence, would become the fourth MP to leave the party since February’s controversial transfer of power.
MPs Alhan Fahmy, Abdulla Abdul Raheem and Shifag ‘Histo’ Mufeed have all transferred to other parties in recent months.
MP Adil originally joined the MDP from the then-opposition Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP).
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.
The Criminal Court has yesterday extended the house arrest of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Hassan Adil, out of concern that he could attempt to influence the witnesses and evidence if he was released.
Police have now concluded the investigation of the case and have sent it to the Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office last month. The Prosecutor General is yet to decide whether or not to try the case.
According to local media, MP Adil allegedly sexually abused a 13 year-old girl in a family he has a close relationship with before the incident.
Speaking to Haveeru newspaper, the victim’s father expressed concern that the case was still pending in the Prosecutor General’s office without being tried in the court.
As the matter is a child related case, the Court is likely to conduct the trial closed to journalists and the public.
So far the police and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) have declined to disclose details of the case in the interest of the child.
Article 73[c]2 of the constitution states that a member of the parliament will be disqualified if found guilty of a criminal offence .
Adil was first arrested on April 4 and was released to house arrest after he was kept for 15 days in pre-trial detention. He was later released to house arrest where he remains.
Adil was a former Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP who jumped to MDP after claiming that his constituents wished him to do so.