Court Orders Medical Attention For El-Zakzaky And Wife
A Kaduna State High court has adjourned the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
The trial was adjourned till March 25, 2019.
The IMN leader is currently facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.
He had earlier been denied bail by the presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada during the last sitting on November 7, 2018.
In the application for bail he filed on June 6, 2018, El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Maxwell Kyon, told the court that his client’s health had badly deteriorated as a result of injuries he sustained in 2015 and his long stay in the custody of the DSS, hence the need for him and his wife to have access to urgent medical attention.
BREAKING: Court adjourns trial of Shi'ite Leader, Ibrahim El-zakzaky till 25th March pic.twitter.com/Cn3qd79Eu0
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The prosecuting counsel, however, opposed the bail application, contending that the reasons advanced by El Zakzkay’s lawyer were not enough to grant him bail.
In his ruling at the time, Justice Kurada said El Zakzkay’s lawyer had failed to support his request for bail with enough medical evidence that would allow the court to exercise its discretion in his favour.
Consequently, he ordered that both of them be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.
The case was then adjourned to January 22, 2019, for accelerated trial.
At the resumed hearing today, the prosecuting counsel, Bayero Debris, said the presiding judge again, adjourned the trial to March 25, 2019, to enable El-Zakzaky and his wife get proper medical attention.
To understand President Buhari’s disdain for the rule of law you need to look back at his military antecedents and his frustration that things have not completely gone his way this time. How dare you question his decision to lock up Dasuki and El-Zakzaky and throw away the keys?
— Orji A. Uka (@OrjiUka) January 13, 2019
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