A Kaduna High Court on Thursday fixed February 24 and February 25, 2020 for the trial of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his spouse Zeenat.
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, at the resumed listening to of the case on Thursday once more adjourned the case to permit the defendants seem in court to take their plea.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr Femi Falana, (SAN) advised news hounds after the adjournment that the defendants were now not in court docket because of the poor state of health of Zeenat, the second defendant in the trial.
The IMN chief and his spouse Zeenat are standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful meeting and disruption of the general public peace, among other charges, in any other court docket.
Falana said, Justice Kurada had granted the defendants’ software to permit them access to their private physicians to permit them appear in Court and take their plea at the subsequent adjournment date.
He stated the court had also granted the utility to amend the expenses through the prosecution counsel to reflect that the different accused persons had been nonetheless at large.
Falana assured that the defendants would be in court docket to take their plea for the duration of the subsequent adjournment, particularly with the get entry to given to them to their personal physicians. He said the defense counsel have been no longer satisfied with the manner the metropolis of Kaduna was being locked down through protection agents on every occasion the case got here up.
The High Court had on Thursday, December 5, 2019 ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to transfer the IMN leader and his spouse to the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna, to permit his lawyers easyget admission to to him.
Justice Kurada’s order was a sequel to the utility by means of another Counsel to the defendants, Haruna Magashi, on December 5, at resumed listening to of the main healthy in Kaduna, 8 months after the ultimate hearing in March, 2019. Kurada had on March 24 adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely to enable him serve at the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal, in Yobe kingdom.
Meanwhile, lead prosecution to the Kaduna country government, Mr. Dari Bayero informed newsmen that the group turned into equipped for the trial with all witnesses set to testify in courtroom.