El-Zakzaky Seeks Court’s Permission To Travel Abroad For Medical Treatment

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A state High Court in Kaduna will tomorrow hear an application filed by leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and wife, Zeenah, seeking permission to travel to India for medical attention.

El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention, is standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges.

Dari Bayero, the State Director of Public Prosecution, said that the case would resume on Thursday.

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According to Bayero, the IMN leader submitted the application, seeking permission to travel to Metanta Hospital, New Delhi, India, and return to Nigeria for continuation of the trial, as soon as they are discharged.

Bayero also said Justice D.H Khobo would preside over the hearing on the application on July 18.

Justice Gideon Kurada, who was handling the case, had on April 25,  adjourned the trial indefinitely.

The indefinite adjournment was to allow him serve on the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.

Femi Falana, a senior advocate and human rights activist, who is the lead counsel to the defendants, had told journalists after the adjournment that his clients; El-Zakzaky and wife Zeenah, needed medical attention, which was why they could not appear in court at that time.

Falana said his clients had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on December 14, 2015.

Before the indefinite adjournment, the court on Tuesday, January 22, ordered the Kaduna State Government to allow the IMN leader and his wife access to medical treatment.

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