The High Court will resume the appeal process of Sheikh Imran Abdulla, the jailed president of religiously conservative Adhaalath Party, on Wednesday after a hiatus.
Sheikh Imran is serving a jail sentence of 12 years on terrorism charges for inciting violence during a major opposition protest held in May 2015. Following Imran’s appeal, a hearing on the case was last held in April 2016.
Imran’s lawyer and Adhaalath Party’s Vice President Ali Zahir confirmed that the High Court will hold a hearing on Imran’s appeal early Wednesday.
Though the appeal hearings were previously considered over, the changes brought to the Judges Bench with the transfer of Judge Shujau Usman, who presided over the case, to another branch of the High Court has mandated that another hearing be held prior to the verdict.
Imran was shifted to house arrest since mid-2016 due to ongoing repairs of the prison.