High Court upholds opposition lawmaker’s 6-month sentence

Jailed Lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru

The High Court on Thursday upheld the six months’ jail sentence issued by the Criminal Court on the independent lawmaker of Galolhu South constituency Ahmed Mahloof.

After being found guilty of obstructing a police officer on duty, MP Mahloof was sentenced to six months. However, his sentence was completed this January and he is now serving another sentence of four months and 24 days which ends this Friday.

His second sentence is for pushing police barricades and entering a restricted area during a protest in March 2015. Though the case was appealed earlier, the hearings only commenced last month after his sentence was completed.

Meanwhile, the UN Working Group publicized a statement this Wednesday condemning the sentence on Mahloof, claiming that it violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the UN’s Civil and Political rights.

UN had previously released such statements as well to which the government has not paid heed.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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