Court orders speedy trial of Shiite Leader, Zakzaky

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A Kaduna state high court presided by Justice Gideon Kurada has ordered the counsels involved in the case brought by Kaduna State government against the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife to get ready for a speedy trial of the case that has been lagging since 2018.

The Judge took the decision after he objected to the preliminary objection raised by the counsel of the defendants at the last adjourned date, citing the fact that no plea was taken from the accused all this while since almost two years ago. 

Unlike what many people assumed, it was today that the case actually started in enerst. 

The Shiite leader and his Wife pleaded no guilty when the eight count charges were read out to them.

Both the defendants are standing trial on eight counts which include culpable homicide, causing grievous hurt, unlawful assembly and disturbance of the public peace, among other allegations.

The duo, who were brought to court on Tuesday morning amidst tight security, with pressman barred from the court room.

Barrister Abubakar Marshall holding brief for the lead counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana SAN, informed the press after the court proceedings that the Judge has adjourned the matter to 18 and 19 November for hearing  witnesses invoved in the case and also gave the order that the defendants need not come to the court at the hearing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Dari Bayero also told  pressmen that they are ready to call their witnesses when hearing on the case resumes in November.

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