The state has levied charges against a 75-year-old man who was accused of sexually assaulting four sisters in an island in the southern Gaafu Dhaalu atoll.
He was charged in a magistrate court in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll. However, the official charges against him remain unclear.
The elderly man was arrested in capital Male last November under accusations of sexually assaulting a minor. His remand had been extended twice before the Criminal Court released him under a travel ban.
The state had appealed his release at the High Court. The appellate court on Wednesday ruled that there was enough evidence to charge him, and that his freedom posed a threat to the community.
However, the High Court added in its verdict that the state has to request the magistrate court, which is currently overseeing the case, in order to detain him again.
The man who was accused of sexually assaulting the four sisters had moved to Male after the allegations surfaced and the police began probing the matter.
The eldest sister had fled to Male after alleged years of abuse, and after she moved, her three younger siblings became the man’s targets. There were also allegations of him abusing other children in the community.
Reportedly, he was a prominent figure in the island and owned a shop there. He would allegedly lure his victims by offering them food and clothes from his shop, and even paying for refurbishments of their homes.