PRESS RELEASE: NIGERIA – Sheikh Zakzaky prosecution witnesses have amnesia

Case adjourned until 25 / 26 January 2021, despite no evidence of crime being presented

IHRC is deeply concerned about the continued delays in the case against Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and Mallimah Zeenah.  It will be nearly five years since the pair were first detained, without charge, and despite a court order demanding their release in 2016.

Instead a case based on trump up charges continues to proceed at a snail’s pace despite the ailing health of both Sheikh and Mallimah. 

Massoud Shadjareh, chair of IHRC stated:

“It is astonishing that witnesses presented, including the ex-head of the DSS were not able to answer the overwhelming majority of questions from counsel.  Incredibly the retired DSS director, denied even knowing there was a court order for Sheikh Zakzaky’s release.

“It seems that this case has been orchestrated by the prosecution to extend Sheikh and Mallimah’s unlawful detention.”

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  1. A full media kit on the Islamic Movement and this case can be found here.
  2. Find IHRC’s submissions to the International Criminal Court regarding the Zaria massacres here (2020) and here (2016).[ENDS]