Court releases Elzakzaky, wife to travel for medical treatment abroad


A Kaduna State High Court has granted the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat, leave to seek medical attention abroad.

Justice Darius Khobo in a ruling for application for bail ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.

The judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment.

He, however, did not give any time frame as to how long they will stay in India.

No date has been fixed for the defendants to embark on the medical trip.

Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the Kaduna State government, Dari Bayero, said the prosecution team would go back and study the judgement to see if there were grounds for appeal.

Counsel to the El-Zakzakys, Mr Femi Falena, however, clarified the ruling of the court.

According to him, the judgment is just to grant the IMN leader and his wife leave to seek medical attention abroad and not an outright bail

The trial of El-Zakzaky and his wife is expected to resume as soon as they return from their medical treatment.

Falana, a human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed the application on behalf of his clients on July 18.

At an earlier hearing on Monday last week, the senior lawyer told Justice Khobo that his clients were not in court due to their bad health condition.

He said the health condition of his clients was getting worse by the day, adding that only a foreign medical treatment was required to stabilise them to enable them face the main trial.

But  Bayero opposed the application, saying El-Zakzaky’s medical condition could be treated in the country.

He informed the court that there was no need to release the Shiites’ leader on bail to travel abroad.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing an eight-count of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace.

The charges were filed against them by the Kaduna State Government and the duo were first arraigned in May 2018.

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