A number of residents of Gaafu Alifu Villingilli have staged a protest following the arrest and subsequent release of a man who has been accused of child molestation.
One protestor said that they demanded to know what warranted his release via a court order. He added that it was a peaceful protest and that they conveyed their concerns with the Police Station and the Island Council. He added that the 150 strong crowd dispersed and ended the protest once they were assured by the Island Council and the police that their concerns would be conveyed to relevant government authorities.
The suspect was taken under police custody on December 24, 2016. He was released on January 9, 2017 following a remand hearing at court. The 40 year old was arrested following the alleged sexual abuse of a thirteen year old girl. Our source at Vilingilli claims that he is a repeat offender who has been arrested several times in cases related to child molestation. We have received information that the man, who hails from Haa Dhaalu Makunudhoo is married to a woman from Vilinigilli.