Man sentenced to six years in prison for stealing rihaakuru bottles

The Criminal Court on Monday (September 15) sentenced a 43-year-old Maldivian man to six years in prison for stealing three bottles of rihaakuru (a thick brown fish paste) from the local market in Malé.

Ahmed Riyaz, from Henveiru Yaaru, was accused of stealing the three bottles from stall number 39 at the local market in the early hours of the morning on March 4. Each bottle was worth MVR250 (US$16).

Riyaz was found guilty based on eyewitness testimony and sentenced to six years imprisonment as it was the sixth time that he had been convicted of theft.