By Ram Khatry
28 November 2019
Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators have arrested a Nepalese international student in Adelaide for threatening to upload “private sexual material” of his former girlfriend.
If convicted, the 25-year-old could end up in jail for as long as five years, which is the maximum penalty for such offence.
According to Daily Mail, a Commonwealth prosecutor opposed his bail when he appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court earlier today, remanding him in custody to return to court next month.
A press release by AFP has not identified the man as a Nepalese citizen although websites of most national media outlets have.
Police say the intimate videos and images between the accused and his former girlfriend were taken with consent “but after the relationship ended, the man threatened to send footage and images to the woman’s relatives and post them on social media”.
The Nepalese man bragged and told the victim’s family that the Australian police would not be able to touch him because he was not an Australian citizen while the victim, his former partner, lived overseas.
His naive notion and self-confidence were all shattered when AFP officials grabbed him from an Adelaide home yesterday.
“This case shows it does not matter where you live, the AFP is uniquely positioned with officers based around the world and with strong international networks, to investigate and prosecute crimes conducted across international borders,” AFP Superintendent, Crime Operations South Australia, Gail McClure said in the press release.
“Online threats of this nature can be devastating for victims, and the AFP encourages people who fall victim to these despicable acts to report the matter to police,” Superintendent McClure said in the press release, adding, “Our message to people in this situation is that nothing is so bad that you can’t tell someone. While it can be a complex and difficult situation, we want to reassure you that it is not your fault and there is help available.”
“In addition to the threats and coercion of the offender, victims often feel embarrassment or that they have done something wrong and will be punished by relatives or prosecuted by law enforcement if their actions are discovered,” she further added.