Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, a prominent lawyer and younger brother of Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed, has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in homosexual acts.
Nasheed confirmed Nazim’s arrest in a tweet on Thursday evening.
In his tweet, Nasheed said his brother's arrest was selective, and against criminal procedures.
President @ibusolih's administration has arrested my brother selectively accusing him of homosexuality. Arrest was made against criminal procedures & is politically motivated to appease Hardline Extremists in coalition.— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) July 28, 2022
Nazim was reportedly arrested while vacationing in a resort.
Police have confirmed the arrest of three suspects in connection to the case; identified only as a 45-year-old Maldivian male, a 35-year-old Maldivian male, and a 46-year-old Maldivian male.
Sun has been informed they are Nazim, former Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed (Colonel Nasheed), and Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, a police officer working for the Drug Enforcement Department (DED).
All three were on videos allegedly showing them having sex with MD Alamgiri, a young Bangladeshi national based in Male’ who had been working as a prostitute.
Alamgiri was arrested on July 12. Police believe Alamgiri recorded himself having sex with clients, and later used the videos to blackmail them.