Ex-Police Chief requests release on bail

Advocates of former police commissioner and Kin'bidhoo constituency lawmaker Abdulla Riyaz has requested from Supreme Court to release him on bail.

The statement released by his advocates stated Riyaz has served for 3 months and 24 days from the High Court sentenced term of 4 months and 24 days, back on April 24, 2018.

Furthermore Riyaz's lawyers stated the case has since been lodged at Supreme Court for appeal, however, no verdict on the case has been passed and neither any updates have been notified.

His advocates have requested to release Riyaz on bail under the Supreme Court regulations act number 106; which cites the Maldives top-court is vested with the power on releasing criminals on bail under specific conditions.

The statement also highlighted Riyaz's arrest on March 2, for a period of 12 days without any charges pressed or prosecuted. The lawmaker was notified of the state pressed charges 13 days after his arrest.

Prosecutor General's Office had concluded a criminal case was not possible against Riyaz following authority investigation on the said incident.

The lawmaker's advocates have deemed his detention following PG office decision not to press criminal charges as a direct violation of Riyaz's constitutional rights. His advocates had further urged National Integrity Commission (NIC) and Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) to probe the incident and file cases against all the officers and individuals involved in the unlawful detention of their client.