The Kaduna State High Court has again postponed the trial of the Islamic Movement’s troubled leader in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
Judge Gideon Kurada postponed the couple’s trial until April 23 and 24, during his indictment in court on Monday.
Both defendants were expected to speak out at the resumption of the hearing but were unable to do so due to poor health.
In his decision, Judge Kurada held that the defendants were not medically fit to stand trial, so their trial could not continue as planned.
He therefore ordered Nigeria’s Correctional Service management to fully comply with an earlier directive on February 6, that the IMN leader and his wife be properly attended to by their personal doctors, under close supervision by the facility’s management.
El-Zakzaky and his wife are currently facing eight counts of allegations of manslaughter, illegal assembly, disruption of public peace and criminal conspiracy, among others.
This charges were brought against them by the Kaduna state government.
The defendants were taken to court amid a strong security presence, while security officers cordoned off all major roads which leads to the court complex and court facilities.
This occurs about three weeks after the last hearing of the case after the case has been postponed for eight months.
On February 6, Judge Kurada changed the charges against the defendants to allow the trial of the IMN leader and his wife to begin without delay.
He also ordered the defendants to be seen by their private doctors at the Nigeria Correctional Service facilities in the capital of Kaduna State, under close supervision by the facility’s administration.
The IMN leader and his wife have been in prison since December 2015, following a bloody clash between Shiites and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.