Ibrahim Rasheed, convicted of sexual conduct with a minor, is to be released after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih lowered his 10-year jail sentence to just three days.
President's Spokesperson Ibrahim Hoodh, stated that President Solih decided to reduce Ibrahim's sentence on account of the Clemency Board's decision to transfer Ibrahim to house arrest in 2016.
The spokesperson did not specify which date Ibrahim's release is slated for.
Ibrahim was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor 28 years younger than Ibrahim at the time.
Then 45-year-old Ibrahim was charged for conducting sexual activities with the 17-year-old girl and was slapped a 10-year prison sentence on January 1, 2013. He has over 5 years remaining on his sentence which ends on August 8, 2023.
According to the Clemency Act, President Solih is unable to pardon Ibrahim as Ibrahim's charge is an offence that cannot be pardoned.
In this case, President Solih had commuted Ibrahim's sentence to a mere three days instead.
The under-secretary of Former President Mohamed Nasheed, Ibrahim was arrested on December 17 during a court-sanctioned police raid.
Ibrahim had since married the young girl following his sentencing and they now have a child.
According to Section 130 of the Penal Code, it is a Class 2 felony of sexual assault if the victim is a minor and the defendant is four or more years elder than the victim.
The Special Provisions Act to deal with child sex abuse offenders states it shall be deemed that a child between the age of 13 and 18 years of age did not give consent to carry out sexual acts, and that the sexual act was carried out without the child's consent unless established otherwise.