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Sex scandal hits Maldives

Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 18:27

Male: A senior member of President Mohamed Waheed`s party and former Chief of the Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing a senior judge of the Supreme Court with a sex tape.

Ahmed Faiz, a member of Waheed`s Gaumee Ihthihaad Party (GIP) Executive Council and Project Advisor at the Housing Ministry, has been remanded to 15 days of police custody by a court.

Though the police remained tightlipped, official sources here said the case is about him trying to blackmail a sitting Supreme Court justice with a CD containing images and video of him "having sex with a foreigner abroad".

The arrest comes just months after photos of judge in a hotel room with a woman began circulating on social media.
President`s Office spokesperson Masood Imad said that Faiz has been sacked from his project advisor post at the Housing Ministry, to which he was appointed at the deputy minister-level in March 2012.

He maintained that Faiz was sacked on corruption charges.
Sources alleged that a senior Maldivian politician was behind the scandal and "it was part of a well established network to have influence over top officials".

They ruled out the involvement of the Maldivian Democratic Party, led by former President Mohamed Nasheed.

First Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 18:27

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