Maldives High Court schedules Gayoom's lawmaker son's case

Maldives High Court on Thursday has scheduled Dhiggaru lawmaker Ahmed Faris Maumoon's appeal case for Sunday, next week.

Maldives court sentenced him to jail for a duration of four months and 24 days after the lawmaker was found guilty of using ruling Progressive Party of Maldives' (PPM) logo and banners without their consent in an opposition movement.

While former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's lawmaker son is currently serving time for the conviction his advocate Maumoon Hameed claimed to seek release at Maldives appellate court on Sunday's hearing.

In addition to the impersonation and property misuse charges to which he was convicted, the state is also pressing charges of bribery on the lawmaker. However, the trial on the case has been stalled for months.

Meanwhile the Dhiggaru MP is also charged with terrorism due to his alleged involvement in the February 1 Supreme Court order issuing release of nine political leaders and annulling the anti-defection law.

The lawmaker's appeal at High Court becomes scheduled at a time when the president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has already promised of releasing Faris Maumoon under his regime.