Detained Nigeria Shiite Leader, El-Zakzaky Charged With Murder

While devotees of the detained leader of Nigeria’s Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, engaged the Police in several days of protests and riots in several cities in Nigeiria, the Kaduna state  government has decided to charge the Muslim leaders  with murder after years of reported detention. El-Zakzaky and his wife have been reportedly held in custody by the Nigerian government since December 2015 despite court rulings authorising his release.

The government initially claims he was being held in a “protective custody”, but his supporters have in the last two weeks intensified protests demanding his freedom.

In what appears to be a response to the spate of protests, the Kaduna state government slammed a fresh eight-count charge -including homicide punishable by death- on the Shiite leader, his lawyer, Femi Falana, said Thursday.

Court papers available for the media indicate that the charges were filed on April 18.

According to the charge, the alleged offences took place during the December 2015 clash between the Shiites  and a convoy of Nigeria’s army chief, Tukur Buratai.



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