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.