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US Classifies El-Zakzaky, Wife As Political Prisoners



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The US has categorized the chief of the Islamic Motion of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his spouse, Zeenah, as political prisoners.

That is in accordance with the 2020 Nation Experiences on Human Rights Practices issued by the US State Division on Tuesday.

The report learn partly, “Political prisoners and detainees. IMN’s chief, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his partner remained in detention. In 2018 the Kaduna State Authorities charged Zakzaky in state court docket with a number of felonies stemming from the demise of a soldier at Zaria.”

The Islamic cleric was arrested in December 2015 after troopers clamped down on his supporters, killing not less than 347 of them, together with his kids. The military accused them of blocking a public street being utilized by the Chief of Military Employees, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

He was detained with out trial for a number of months inflicting his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), to file a go well with earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja.


In December 2016, Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered that El-Zakzaky and his spouse be launched from detention into an lodging that have to be supplied for them inside 45 days.

Justice Kolawole awarded N25m every, totalling N50m, to the Shi’ite chief and his spouse for the violation of their rights by being held in illegal custody.

He ordered the Federal Authorities to supply a befitting lodging for the candidates, their members of the family and followers who lived with them earlier than they had been arrested throughout the 45 days interval. The choose ordered that the lodging be supplied in Zaria, Kaduna State, or in different elements of the state or alternatively in some other a part of northern Nigeria.

The Federal Authorities, nonetheless, ignored the judgment.

He remained in custody for one more 17 months till the Kaduna State Authorities arraigned him in April 2018 on eight counts bordering on culpable murder, illegal meeting and disruption of the general public peace, amongst others. Nevertheless, no military officer was delivered to guide for the killings.



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