Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky, wife denied bail, remain in DSS custody

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El-Zakzaky

A Kaduna State High Court has denied the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise referred to as Shiite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky bail.

His wife, Zeenah, was also denied bail.

Ruling on the bail application of El-Zakzaky and his wife on Wednesday, Justice Gideon Kurada said the two persons had not shown adequate medical proof for them to be granted bail.

He ruled that they should be in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, throughout their trial.

Their case has been adjourned to January 22, 2019.

The Shiite leader is being prosecuted over, among other things, alleged murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace.

He was arrested in December 2015 and has remained in detention since.

He was arraigned along with his wife on May 15, 2015.

During his appearance in court on October 4, a bail application was made and the ruling was scheduled for November 7.

Members of the group have protested the continued detention of their leader on different occasions.

In the last two weeks, no fewer than three protests had been held leading to the death of several members of the group.

The military, justifying their action actions against Shiite members during the protest, said the protesters tried to force their way into the city when they were resisted.

They claimed that some of them were caught with petrol bombs.

The military claimed that at least three people were killed, but the Shiite claimed they were more.

The Shiite members said soldiers took some of the corpses away in their trucks.

In a move to prove its point, Shiite on Sunday released the names of some of its members said to have been killed by soldiers and promised to update the list.

The group called for the international community to mount pressure on the government to investigate the killings and bring those responsible to book.