High Court orders arrest of cricket coach accused of sexual crimes

National cricket coach Asif Khan; The High Court has ordered the arrest of Asif Khan who has been accused of sexual crimes against multiple children and adults on November 7, 2019.

The High Court of the Maldives has issued an order for the re-arrest former national cricket team coach Asif Khan who is under investigation for sexual harassment of multiple children and young adults.

Asif Khan, 46 – a South African citizen of Pakistani descent – was intercepted by the police and arrested from Velana International Airport on his way to board a plan out of Maldives on October 6.

He walked free from jail the next day after the police failed to present him in front of a judge within the mandatory 24 hours for his remand hearing at the Criminal Court.

The Criminal Court, however, imposed a 30-day travel ban on Asif Khan to prevent him from leaving Maldives.

The police were denied a request for a warrant to re-arrest Asif Khan by the Criminal Court, which was appealed by the Prosecutor General’s Office with the High Court.

The High Court, at the appeal hearing this Thursday, ordered the police to re-arrest Asif Khan.

The victims and their families have accused the Pakistani Embassy of efforts to obstruct the criminal investigation into Asif Khan – accusations which have been refuted by the Pakistani Embassy which says it is not associated with him in any way.