Jumhooree Party (JP) says its deputy leader Abdulla Riyaz has been kidnapped and is being held captive by police.
JP said this at a press conference held at its head office, M. Kunooz, on Monday which marks the 45th day since Riyaz was arrested.
Speaking at the press conference, Council member of JP and Kendhoo MP, Ali Hussain, said that although Riyaz was arrested under the state of emergency on March 2, the laws that were suspended under the state of emergency did not include the Parliamentary Privileges Act.
He said that while Riyaz is an MP, he can only be arrested under a court order.
Hussain said that Riyaz was arrested during a peaceful rally, and not while committing a crime.
He said that police should obey laws as long as they have not been suspended, and therefore they arrested Riyaz against the law.
“When a parliament member is being arrested, there should be a court order sought through PG. Riyaz was arrested without a court order. Procedures that follow an invalid action will be invalid,” he said. “When a person is arrested, reason (of arrest) should be explained. And it should be done fast. But, the reason for Riyaz’s arrest was explained 12 days later. The truth is, Riyaz was kidnapped.”
He said that the arrest and detention of Riyaz is a huge crime, explaining that Riyaz’s detention order was issued in connection with a trial that had already taken place.
Hussain further said that Riyaz was produced in court and detained indefinitely in a very secretive manner before the end of state of emergency. He added that it was done before he could get legal representation.
Speaking at the press conference Maduvvafi MP Mohamed Ameeth said that Riyaz’s arrest was in clear violation of set policies, after police had assured that opposition would be allowed to stage a peaceful rally until 10:30 p.m.
He too noted that Riyaz was deprived of the rights guaranteed to him under the Parliamentary Privileges Act. He also noted that while he has been detained indefinitely, the judge who presided over Riyaz's case has also been changed.
“At least (he) should be able to get justice through the court. It worries us more if that does not happen. Riyaz’s family has made numerous attempts to get justice for him. A request has been made to review the remand order, but a hearing hasn’t been held so far. The case has been submitted to HRCM too, but the level of cooperation has not met expectations. PG Office is saying to communicate with the court, but the court is not holding hearings.”
Ameeth said that while authorities are being extremely cruel to Riyaz by depriving him of his rights, the roads to justice has been blocked.