Alleged child rapist Anees convicted of possession of porn

Anees Hilmy, 38, Silsilaage, H. A. Baarah. (Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Anees Hilmy, the man arrested for raping an 11-year-old girl in Male’ City back in 2020, has been convicted of possession of pornography. 

Anees, from Silsilaage in HA. Baarah, was arrested for taking an 11-year-old girl to a guesthouse in Male’ City and raping her. 

The rape was reported to the police on June 10, 2020, and Anees was arrested from his home in connection to the case on June 12, 2020. 

After police opened an investigation into the case, they found evidence Anees had groomed the victim prior to the rape. 

He was jailed pending the outcome of his trial on June 20, 2020. 

And on July 11, 2020, the Prosecutor General’s Office filed three charges against him with the Criminal Court; deliberately touching a child’s body with sexual intent under Article 3 of the Special Provisions Act to Deal with Child Sex Offenders – which carries a prison sentence of 10 to 14 years, grooming a child for sex under Article 123 of Child Rights Protection Act – which carries a prison sentence of 10 years, and possession of pornography under Article 622 of the Penal Code – which carries a minimum sentence of one month and six days in prison. 

Anees was charged with possession of porn after the police found pornographic pictures and videos on his mobile phone. 

While Anees denied the charge, the Criminal Court ruled on Tuesday that the prosecution had submitted enough evidence to prove the charge. 

He was sentenced to one month and six days in prison. 

He remains on trial for the other charges against him.