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High Court orders cricket coach's arrest over sexual abuse claims

Mariyam Malsa
08 November 2019, MVT 11:19
National Cricket Team Coach Asif Khan was arrested over allegations of sexual abuse under a court order. PHOTO: ACC
Mariyam Malsa
08 November 2019, MVT 11:19

The High Court, on Thursday, ordered the arrest of national cricket team coach Asif Khan, over allegations of sexually abusing cricket players under his tutelage.

The 46-year old South African citizen, who is Pakistani-born, was initially arrested at Velana International Airport on October 5 while he was about to depart Maldives.

However, he was released after authorities failed to bring him to a court of law within 24-hours of the arrest. According to the police, the coach's release was also influenced because the officer on duty had confused timings.

The High Court ordered the arrest after the Criminal Court's refusal to issue an arrest warrant was appealed by the Prosecutor General's Office.

As per a statement released by the men and women's national cricket team, Asif Khan had sexually abused various players repeatedly over a period of time, with some of the victims being underage when the abuse occurred.

The allegations were also investigated by the Cricket Board of Maldives which decided not to file the case citing insufficient evidence.

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