High Court has cancelled Sunday’s hearing of the appeal case filed by the state contesting Criminal Court’s ruling clearing Jumhooree Party’s deputy leader and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz of obstruction of law enforcement officer charge.
Riyaz said on Saturday night that the court informed him the hearing has been cancelled but did not state why or when the next hearing will be held.
Riyaz, who is a former police chief, was cleared of the charge on July 9. However, two weeks later the state appealed the ruling.
The appeal is based on the argument that, although Criminal Court ruled that Riyaz was arrested in violation of the Parliamentary Privileges Act, he was not arrested. According to the state, the document police showed to the MP was not an arrest warrant and that although he was taken to the police station, he was not arrested.
Riyaz was accused of the criminal offence after he allegedly refused to provide his phone’s PIN to the police.
Criminal Court’s ruling stated that as the MP was arrested against the law, any evidence sought against him was invalid and that there were inconsistencies in the statements police officers gave.
Amid the court battle, Riyaz is being investigated for breaking through police lines and entering the parliament building during a lockdown on July 24. He is being accused of unauthorized entry, breaking through police lines, attempting to create violence and obstructing police duty.