Alamgir case: Police officer sentenced to a year in prison

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

Criminal Court, on Thursday, a senior police officer from the Drug Enforcement Department (DED), who was found guilty of engaging in homosexual relations with Bangladeshi national Alamgir, to a year in prison.

The police officer who was charged with engaging in homosexuality in connection to the case was identified as Abdul Rahman Rafiu, Javaahiruvaadhee, M. Raiymandhoo.

Criminal Court sentenced Rafiu who was guilty of the charge to one-year, two months and 12 days in prison today. After subtracting the days he spent in custody for the investigation of the case, Rafiu will have to serve a prison sentence of one-year, one-month and 28-days.

Alamgir, 26, was arrested on July 12, after videos leaked online purportedly showed him engaging in sexual relations with multiple men. He was charged with engaging in homosexuality with three Maldivian men back in August. After pleading guilty during trial, he received a seven month prison sentence, which he is currently serving. Additional 40 charges were pressed against him recently.

Other men shown on the leaked videos, engaging in sexual relations Alamgir, have also been arrested, and are being subsequently investigated. Some seen on the videos have been given ‘lighter’ sentences as well.

In this regard, Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, a prominent lawyer and younger brother of Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed, who was charged for engaging in homosexual relations with Alamgir pled guilty following which he was sentenced to three months in home confinement last week.