Yunan jailed pending trial’s end again

Mohamed Yunan (R) and Fathimath Rihula.(L). (Photo/Facebook/Mohamed Yunan)

Local actor Mohamed Yunan – charged with multiple counts of child abuse – has been remanded in custody pending the outcome of his trial following his rearrest.

Yunan and his wife Fathimath Rihula are accused of sexually abusing multiple children in their family on multiple occasions, spanning 2019 and 2020. 

They were both remanded in custody pending the outcome of their trials on October 14, 2020. However, Rihula was transferred to home confinement in March of this year.

Yunan’s was released from custody on December 14th after three years in custody by a court order from Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court, subject to certain conditions.

The state appealed the lower court’s order, with the High Court, which decided that Yunan was still highly likely a threat to society. High Court, on Wednesday, ordered Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court to decide on his remand, if sought within the next seven days starting yesterday.

Police, subsequently, rearrested Yunan on Thursday.

When presented before Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court on Friday for a remand hearing, the court remanded the actor in custody pending the outcome of his trial.

Yunan has been pressed with nine charges and faces 110 to 133 years in prison if found guilty of all.

The presentation of closing arguments is slated next in his trial.