High Court overturns decision to release celebrity Hunoo from custody

Local actor and model Hunaisha Adam (Hunoo). (Photo/Instagram/Naushal)

High Court, on Monday, has overturned the decision by Criminal Court to release local actress and model Hunaisha Adam (Hunoo) charged with drug trafficking.

Hunoo was released following a hearing held to revise her remand on July 25.

Criminal Court had made that decision to release her citing lack of evidence linking the actress to the drugs in question in this case.

In their order for Hunoo’s release – Criminal Court said that the place where the drugs were discovered was not Hunoo’s residence, whereas another individual has taken responsible for the drugs since its discovery. The Court stressed that no evidence linking Hunoo to the drugs had been submitted by the state.

The decision to release Hunoo was appealed by prosecution on August 2.                     

Following their review of the prosecution’s appeal – High Court decided today that although the place the drugs were discovered was not Hunoo’s residence, there were evidence linking the drugs to her.

Citing that Hunoo has been charged with a major criminal felony – High Court said that her release poses risk to the society.

The prosecution had requested High Court to issue a court order for Hunoo’s detainment in their appeal. However, no such order was issued by the Court.

Instead, High Court’s decision read that an order for Hunoo’s arrest can be requested from the Criminal Court if her detainment is required.

Hunoo were charged with drug trafficking following after drugs from an apartment in Male’ City she shared with her boyfriend on March 28. 

Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) announced that charges were filed on May 23.

She is charged with trafficking diamorphine, trafficking cannabis, and trafficking a Schedule 1 drug. 

She faces 75 years in prison if convicted of the charges. 

Her boyfriend and another individual were also charged in the case.

Hunoo has a large following on Instagram and TikTok. She has appeared in several of Darkrain Entertainment’s movies, and had been working on several movies at the time of her arrest. 

Criminal Court had initially remanded Hunoo in custody pending the outcome of her trial.