In February last year, Riyaz’s life took a turn for the worse. He was sacked from his managerial job in Saudi Arabia, his family abandoned him and he was placed under arrest for 76 days by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after his wife alleged she was forced to convert and he sold her to Islamic State (IS) as a “sex slave”.
Almost one year since the 27-year-old was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the NIA last week cleared him of terror charges and transferred his case to the North Paravur police.…
The charges being dropped is light at the end of a long tunnel for Riyaz, but he says the IS stigma has ruined his life forever.…
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