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Charges raised against four involved in same-sex videos

The State has raised charges against four people involved in leaked homosexual videos.

Bangladeshi national MD Alamgiri filmed himself having homosexual relations with a large number of Maldivian men, including politicians, businessmen, and government employees. The videos were serially leaked on social media platforms, fuelling a national scandal. Four arrests were made, including Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed's brother Nazim Abdul Sattar and former MP Mohamed Nasheed.

On August 18, the Prosecutor General's Office raised charges against MD Alamgiri, Nazim Abdul Sattar, Mohamed Nasheed, and an officer from the Police's Drug Enforcement Department, Abdu Rahman Rafeeq. The three were charged under the Penal Code and the Sexual Offenses Act. If convicted under the Sex Act, they will be sentenced to five to seven years in prison in addition to a prison sentence under the Penal Code.

In an earlier interview with AVAS, Commissioner of Police Mohammed Hameed said the authority had identified that 38 had had had homosexual relationships with Alamgiri on camera. Their cases will be sent for prosecution as their investigations are concluded, he said. Passports of 18 people identified from analyzed videos have already been seized.