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IMN Leader Nigerian Top Cleric Sheikh Zakzaky Decides to Leave India: Report

Uneasy about the security restrictions that have hampered his medical treatment, Nigerian Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky has decided to leave India, a report said.

The Arabic-language al-Ahed new agency reported on Wednesday that Sheikh Zakzaky has decided to leave India because the severe security restrictions have adversely affected the course of his medical treatment.

The Shiite cleric will reportedly fly back to Nigeria.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), whose health condition has been deteriorating in prison, and his wife flew out of the African country on Tuesday to get medical treatment in India.

The top cleric was last week granted bail by a court in Kaduna state in order to seek treatment abroad.

Sheikh Zakzaky has been held in detention since December 2015 and was charged just in April 2018 with murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace and other accusations. He has pleaded not guilty.

In 2016, Nigeria’s federal high court ordered his unconditional release from jail following a trial, but the government has so far refused to set him free.

The top cleric has lost his left eyesight in a raid by the Nigerian army on his residence in the northern town of Zaria in December 2015.

During the raid, Zakzaky’s wife sustained serious wounds too and more than 300 of his followers and three of his sons were killed. Zakzaky, his wife, and a large number of the cleric’s followers have since been in custody.

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