Alamgir found guilty of homosexuality

MD Alamgir, 26.

Criminal Court has found MD Alamgir, a young Bangladeshi national who has admitted to engaging in sexual acts with multiple men, including several high-profile Maldivians, guilty of homosexuality.

Alamgir, 26, plead guilty to the charge during a closed hearing on Monday evening.

The hearing was initially held online, before all parties were asked to attend the court in-person.

At the court, Alamgir said he wished to maintain his guilty plea.

Both sides then moved to discussions regarding the penalty.

Alamgir asked the court for the minimum sentence possible.

Though the sentence was discussed during the hearing, it was not immediately clear what the prosecution demanded.

Judge Ali Adam found Alamgir guilty of the charge of homosexuality, and announced the sentence would be issued on Wednesday.

Alamgir was arrested on July 12, after videos leaked online showing him engaging in sex with multiple men.

The videos purportedly show Alamgir having sex with Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, a prominent lawyer and younger brother of Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed, former Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed (Colonel Nasheed), and Sergeant Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, a senior police officer from the Drug Enforcement Department (DED). All three have been pressed with charges.

The videos also purportedly show Alamgir with muezzins and school teachers.