The Supreme Court has suspended Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla’s 12-year prison sentence pending a review of his controversial terrorism conviction.
A stay order was issued Thursday afternoon halting enforcement of the jail sentence.
The Supreme Court was asked last week to review to review its previous decision to reject Imran’s appeal.
The Adhaalath Party leader is the latest high-profile figure released by the courts since September’s presidential election. The opposition coalition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated President Abdulla Yameen with a record margin of victory.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court also suspended the 13-year jail sentence of former president Mohamed Nasheed, paving the way for his return after nearly three years in exile.
Imran’s widely condemned conviction marked the first terrorism sentence passed in the Maldives over a speech made at a political gathering.
Very happy that Adhaalath Party Leader Hon @ShimranAb has been released. A pillar of our coalition and a man of principles. He will add strength to Hon @ibusolih ‘s government. pic.twitter.com/3gGJTpyKdB
— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) November 1, 2018