Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has decreed that individuals arrested on sodomy charges need not be held on remand.
Nazim Sattar, former MP Mohamed Nasheed, and a Police officer Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, all implicated in a sex ring involving a Bangladeshi expat, were released.
They were released on advice from PGO, after Maldives Police Service (MPS) forwarded the case for prosecution.
PGO Spokesperson said the nature of the charges does not demand a remand or an extension of remand. The spokesperson also assured they were released after revoking their passports.
Nazim Sattar is the brother of Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. After he was arrested, the relationship between Nasheed and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had deteriorated. Nasheed had alleged the President Solih had engaged in an extramarital affair and that he had proof of it.
Discussions had transpired between the two. It was reported to Dhiyares that Nasheed had agreed to not release the photos of President Solih, in exchange for Nazim’s release. It was also reported that Nazim is to be sent abroad, under the guise of seeking medical treatment.