Alamgir gets two years and nine months in prison for pornography production

Criminal Court of the Maldives on February 15, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Bangladeshi national, MD Alamgir, 26, who has been convicted of engaging in homosexuality, was found guilty of 40 counts of pornography production and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison by the Criminal Court on Thursday.

Alamgir was first arrested on July 12, after videos leaked online purportedly showed him engaging in sex with multiple men.

In August, he was convicted of engaging in homosexuality with three Maldivians. He signed a plea deal with the state and received seven months in prison – which he is currently enforcing.

Prosecutor General's Office further charged Alamgir with 40 counts of production of pornography under the Penal Code in September.

He confessed to all 40 counts. The prosecution requested a 27-day sentence for each of the charges against Alamgir. This totals to 1080 days, which is only 15 days short for three years.

At a hearing held today, Criminal Court sentenced Alamgir to two years and nine months in prison.

Three locals have also been charged with engaging in homosexual relations with Alamgir following the leaked videos. They are Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, a prominent lawyer and younger brother of Parliament speaker, former president Mohamed Nasheed, former Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed (Colonel Nasheed), and Sergeant Abdul Rahman Rafeeu, a senior police officer from the Drug Enforcement Department (DED).

Nazim pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three months in home confinement, while Rafeeu was given one year, two months, and 12 days of jail time.