Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has been arrested in United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday.
Ali Waheed had been accused of sexual misconduct towards employees of the Tourism Ministry while he had been the Minister.
He was arrested while preparing to set up a press conference with Maldivian media to address the charges being pressed against him.
On August 11, Supreme Court had ruled Ali Waheed to jail in contempt of court, for failing to attend court hearings as required. He had received a jail sentence of two months and 12 days.
Police had said previously that they had requested for aid from Interpol and the UK police to bring him under police custody. However it is not yet clear whether Ali Waheed was arrested today with their aid.
He has seven charges of rape and sexual assault pressed against him regarding these allegations. This case could not go forward as Ali Waheed flew abroad for medical care, and then had not returned as was agreed beforehand.