Just In: Court Orders Release Of Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky And Wife
Justice Gideon Kurada of Kaduna State High Court has on Wednesday, July 28 acquitted and discharged the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El- Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat Ibrahim who have been standing trial in the court for the past four years.
In a judgement delivered on Wednesday, Justice Kurada said the case was not shown nor proven by the prosecutor.
In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, on Wednesday, the judge, Gideon Kurada, upheld the no-case submission filed by El-Zakzaky and his wife.
The ruling was delivered behind closed doors and journalists were not allowed inside the courtroom.
They were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.
One of the cleric’s lawyers told reporters that the court set El-Zakzaky free.
The couple have been standing trial in the court for the past four years on an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly among others levelled against them by Kaduna State Government.
The government accused them of being responsible for the death of a soldier when soldiers massacred over 300 protesting Shiites in December 2015.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were arrested and were standing trial on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, among others, which they pleaded not guilty to.
More details to come.