Court orders 15-day remand for Colonel Nasheed, DED Abdul Rahman

Combined file photos of (from L-R) Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, and Mohamed Nasheed (Colonel Nasheed).

Former Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed (Colonel Nasheed) and Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, 35, a police officer from the Drug Enforcement Department (DED), who were arrested on suspicion of committing homosexual acts, have both been remanded in custody of the police for 15 days.

Colonel, 45, and Abdul Rahman, 35 were arrested from the Maldivian capital on Thursday.

They were presented before the Criminal Court for their remand hearing on Friday.

The court ordered for both Colonel and Abdul Rahman to be remanded in custody of the police for 15 days.

Their arrests came after videos allegedly showing them having sex with another man leaked last June. The man was later identified as MD Alamgiri, a Bangladeshi sex worker. Alamgiri was arrested by police on July 12. The video was one of many leaked online – linked by police to a blackmail ring.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, a prominent lawyer and younger brother of Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed, who was also caught on video allegedly having sex with Alamgiri, was remanded in custody of the police for seven days by the AA. Rasdhoo Magistrate Court earlier Friday.

Police have also arrested Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim, 28, a reporter who previously worked for RaajjeTV, who was in one of the leaked videos allegedly performing oral sex on a man.