Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz has requested the Supreme Court to release him on bail.
The former Commissioner of Police was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer for allegedly refusing to share his phone's PIN with the police during the investigation that followed his arrest in March last year.
Riyaz was found guilty of the charge and was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison on April 24.
The statement released by Riyaz’s legal team said that he had served three months and 24 days of his sentence and that Supreme Court did not take any action regarding the appeal that was filed in relation to the case. Hence, a case was filed on August 13, to release Riyaz on bail till Supreme Court reaches a decision on the appeal case, it read.
The statement also stated that since Riyaz’s arrest, he was kept in detention for a period of 12 days without any charges, while he was charged 13 days after his arrest after which police carried out an investigation.
It also highlighted that the Prosecutor General’s Office concluded that a criminal case was not possible against Riyaz and the case was filed on August 14, informing police of the fact.
Hence, the statement urged National Integrity Commission (NIC) and Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) to investigate the incident and file cases against all the officers and individuals involved in the unlawful detention of Riyaz.
The State had also pressed three other charges against Riyaz, including terrorism charge, obstruction of law charge and influencing official conduct charge.