High Court orders Hithadhoo Magistrate Court to review sentence

The High Court has ordered the Hithadhoo Magistrate Court to review a sentence of a one year jail sentence it delivered on Ubaidhullah Hassan for his refusal to provide a urine sample.

The order was released after Hassan appealed the case in the High Court.

The High Court stated that the reasoning behind its issuance of the review order was that Hassan was not allowed to have legal representation in court. It stated that,although Hassan had initially declined from getting legal representation, he had later gotten a lawyer, even after which he was not given the opportunity to present legal representation in court hearings.

Hassan has also appealed that his arrest was arbitrary and unlawful, and that therefore providing samples requested for in regard to an unlawful arrest would itself be void, according to local media reports.