Mohamed Asif Ameen Khan, the former coach of the Maldives National Cricket Team, has been sentenced to more than 53 years in prison after being convicted of sexual abuse, assault, and sexual exploitation of several players.

The South African coach was arrested at Velana International Airport (VIA) in October 2019 while attempting to flee the country after the allegations came to light. He was charged with nine offences relating to the sexual abuse, assault and exploitation of minors and young adults. The charges included two counts of sexual abuse, three counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual harassment, and one count of sexual exploitation. The incidents occurred over a period of 15 months while Khan was in charge of both the men’s and women’s national cricket teams.

During the trial, the former coach was found guilty of seven out of the nine counts, and the prosecution’s case relied on the victim’s statements.The Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced Ameen Khan to 32 years for sexual abuse of two minors, 21 years for sexual assault, 45 days for sexual harassment, and 22 days for sexual exploitation.