MP Riyaz says terror charges raised to keep him out of politics

MP Riyaz says terror charges raised to keep him out of politics
  • State prosecutors said that Riyaz had been involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government since 2017
  • Riyaz said he has been in jail since being arrested at a protest on March 2 under the state of emergency decree and had his remand extended in court without legal representation
  • While the court stated that his remand hearing would be rescheduled with a lawyer, the High Court has overturned a ‘not guilty’ verdict on him and given him a jail term

    Terrorism related charges were raised against MP Abdulla Riyaz in order to keep him out of opposition activities, says Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz.

    Riyaz, the deputy leader of Jumhoree Party (JP) and former police commissioner, was presented to court on Wednesday for the first preliminary hearing on his terror trial.

    While reading out the charges, state prosecutors said that Riyaz had been involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government since 2017, in which the conspirators had issued a Supreme Court order which threatened national security and obstructed the state.