Court acquits El-Zakzaky, wife

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A Kaduna High Court has discharged and acquited Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ites and his wife, Zeenat.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been standing trial since December 2015 over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, among other criminal charges.

This followed a clash between his followers and convoy of the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai in Zaria.

The court had fixed July 28 for ruling in the no-case submission filed by Zakzaky.

Justice Gideon Kurada had fixed the date after the prosecution and counsel to the defendants addressed the court on the no-case submission prayer

Briefing journalists after the secret trial, counsel to Zakzaky, Marshal Abubakar, said the court upheld their no-case submission and agreed the case lacks merit.

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