Nigeria: Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky's Trial Indefinitely

26 March 2019

Kaduna — The trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, was yesterday adjourned indefinitely by the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, of the Kaduna State High Court.

When the case came up yesterday, the judge said the indefinite adjournment was as a result of his appointment as the judge in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe State.

The Shiites leader and his wife, Zeenat, had been in detention since December 2015, following a clash between his followers and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Over 300 of his followers were killed during the incident.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among others.

In an interview with journalists shortly after the adjournment, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Femi Falana, who is the lead counsel to the defendants, said his client were unable to appear in court because of their deteriorating health condition.

He said since December 14, 2015, when they were detained, they had not been given adequate medical care, stressing that they were in need of urgently medical attention.

"The court has adjourned Sine die, meaning, indefinitely.

"My clients are yet to access any form of medical attention even after the court had ordered so.

"The case had to be adjourned as my clients need time to attend to their health," Falana said.

Justice Kurada had, on January 22, 2019, ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail Zakzaky and his wife access to medical care.

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