Date :Monday, August 5th, 2019 | Time : 21:06 |ID: 105650 | Print

Nigeria allows Sheikh Zakzaky to leave jail for medical treatment

SHAFAQNA- The Kaduna State High Court in Nigeria on Monday ruled that Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife could seek to travel to India for medical treatment.

The sentence was announced in court by the judge in the presence of Sheikh Zakzaky’s lawyer and some of his relatives, Iranpress reported.

This is while the Nigerian government has been resisting the international calls to release the senior religious figure. Last month several of Zakzaky’s supporters were killed when they demonstrated for his release from prison for medical treatment, AP told.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been held in detention since December 2015 and lost his left eyesight, when the army killed 300 of his followers and three of his sons at his compound and a nearby mosque and burial ground in northern Kaduna state. His wife also sustained serious wounds, Mehr News Agency told.

While in 2016 Nigeria’s federal high court ordered his unconditional release from jail following a trial, but the Nigerian government has so far refused to set him free.

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