People protest in Nigeria in support of Sheikh Zakzaky
Supporters of Nigeria's top Shia Cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky have staged another peaceful demonstration to demand the immediate release of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife.
The protest in the capital Abuja was held Tuesday ahead of a trial on Wednesday. Dozens of supporters of Sheikh Zakzaki, including women, held placards and pictures of him.
The Kaduna High Court on Thursday ruled to postpone Sheikh Zakzaky’s trial for a second time to January 25. An appeal to dismiss his baseless charges was made in August.
The couple are being tried for their alleged involvement in violence that resulted in the death of a member of the security forces during the military’s massacre oh IMN members in Zaria in December 2015.
Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife have been in illegal detention since the attack.
Despite the fact that over 1,000 innocent supporters of the Islamic Movement were butchered in the attack, not a single official has been charged or brought to trial over the killings.
Many international human rights organizations condemned the killing. In early May 2016, Amnesty International accused Nigeria’s military of killing Shiites, burying them in mass graves and destroying documents related to the crime.
Soheila Zakzaky, daughter of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, recently reported that her parents were in critical condition due to medical negligence, saying that her parents were both injured when they were arrested and now their health condition have been worsened.
In 2016 the federal high court ruled that the pair’s detention was unlawful and unconstitutional and ordered the Nigerian government to release them by January 16, 2017 and pay compensation. Instead, perversely, state authorities in Kaduna decided to prosecute the pair in 2018.