Nigerian Shiite Leader Gets Day In Court, Pleads Not Guilty

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite religious group in Nigeria, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of culpable homicide in a Kaduna court. El-Zakzaky asked that the charges against him and his wife Zeenah be dismissed for lack of evidence. However, Justice Gideon Kurada dismissed the no-case submission, saying it was "premature" to rule on the application to quash the charges. A court in 2016, ordered that he be released but authorities refused. The charges against the pair include murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and the disruption of public peace. The pair have been in detention since December 2015.


Shi'a members demanding the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in Abuja (file photo).

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