Maldives police arrest four men and target dozens more over leaked gay sex videos

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08/12/2022

Police arrested a Bangladeshi sex worker on 12 July, who they claim filmed his encounters with men with intentions to blackmail them, according to Human Rights Watch. Police commissioner Mohamed Hameed said that 38 men have been identified from the tapes, and on 28 July three were arrested. Among them was a police officer and the brother of former president of Maldives, and current speaker of the house, Mohammed Nasheed. Hameed has vowed to prosecute all 38 men. He said police have seized 18 passports and informed their workplaces. In the Maldives, engaging in same-sex relations is a crime punishable by up to eight years in prison and, under Sharia law, 100 lashes.

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