Home Minister apologizes for rape case remarks, blames media

Home Minister Imran Abdulla. (Sun File Photo)

Home Minister Imran Abdulla has come out and publicly apologized for any misunderstandings taken from his remarks on a radio talk show last night regarding the safari rape case. 

Minister Imran had sparked a massive public backlash after he appeared to state that what happened on the safari was blown out of context and could have happened in any public place. The remarks led the law firm representing the Kenyan victim to detail events of the night before calling for action against the Minister. 

Home Minister Imran tweeted that he had stated what happened on the safari was of no importance and that he took sexual harassment and abuse seriously. 

“What is being spread on media about me is misleading. I request all journalists to maintain professional standards in their work.” Said the Minister. 

He also apologized for any remarks by him taken incorrectly and stated that it was not his purpose to do so. 

The Law firm representing the victim, Riza, and Co sent a letter to the Speaker of the Parliament calling for action against the Minister for his comments after condemning the remarks by the Minister in the radio talk show last night. 

The statement by the law firm read that the victim was threatened with death by her abusers who attempted to take her to a room on the safari. The statement read that the victim had detailed all of this to the police investigation. 

Minister Imran had stated that what happened on the safari and the events of the incident that reached the public were blown out of context and while there were procedural issues in the case, what happened on the safari was not a rape. 

The safari rape case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a Kenyan national onboard a safari near Hulhumale’ on June 26. Two local men were arrested and later released causing an immense public backlash. It was also rumored that one of those accused is the spouse of a parliamentarian from the main governing party MDP.