Jumhooree Party (JP)’s deputy leader and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz has been sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison by High Court on Tuesday.
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.
After the Criminal Court cleared him of the charge, the judge who presided over the case was transferred to Juvenile Court.
Riyaz has been sentenced to prison after his lawyer requested court to give him an easy sentence or to transfer him to house arrest, when High Court on Tuesday found Riyaz guilty of the said offense. However, the state had requested that Riyaz be given the biggest punishment for the offense, which is four months and 24 days in prison.
Although he will not lose his parliamentary seat due to the sentence, he will lose the opportunity to attend parliamentary sittings.
The MP is in detention since his arrest on March 2 under the recent state of emergency, and police have accused him of conspiring to overthrow the government. However, he has been charged with terrorism and is being detained pending the outcome of his trial.