Deputy Leader of Jumhooree Party (JP) and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz, who has been charged with influencing official conduct, has been given five days to seek legal representation.
When Riyaz was produced in court on Sunday, he informed the court that he wishes to proceed with a lawyer.
Riyaz is being held at the Dhoonidhoo detention centre since he was arrested under the ongoing state of emergency during an opposition protest on March 2.
It is not yet clear under which case Riyaz has been charged with influencing official conduct.
If he is found guilty of the charge, he will get a prison sentence of up to nine months and eighteen days.
Although the MP will not lose his seat due to the sentence, he will lose the opportunity to attend parliament sittings.
In addition to the influencing official conduct charge, Riyaz has also been charged with obstruction of official duty for entering the parliament building during a military lockdown. If found guilty of this charge, he will get a prison sentence of up to four months and 24 days.
Meanwhile, another obstruction of duty case against Riyaz is currently in High Court. He was charged for allegedly refusing to share his phone’s PIN with the police last year.
Criminal Court cleared him of the charge, but the state appealed the verdict to the High Court.