Kodey councillor loses seat after being sentenced for contempt of court

Gaaf Alif Kodey Councillor Ahmed Abbas of the Jumhoree Party (JP) has lost his seat on the island council after being sentenced to four months imprisonment for contempt of court.

The Kodey magistrate court sentenced Abbas on June 19 after he refused to comply with three court summons and appear at court in relation to two ongoing cases.

Under the landmark Decentralisation Act of 2010, councillors convicted of a criminal offence are to be stripped of their seats.