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Alleged Culpable Homicide: El-Zakzaky pleads not guilty

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Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), on Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to the eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide filed against him in a Kaduna High Court.

Justice Gideon Kurada took the plea of the IMN leader at the resumed hearing of the motion in a no-case-submission filed by El-Zakzaky on August 7.

Justice Kurada had, however, fixed September 29 (today) for ruling in the motion, after counsel to the defendant, Abubakar Marshall, holding the brief for Femi Falana, asked the court to dismiss the charges preferred against El-Zakzaky by the government for not disclosing an offence known to law contrary to sections 36 (8) and (12) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

At the resumed sitting, Kurada again reserved ruling in the motion until hearing in the substantive suit.

Also, the Judge, after taking the plea of the defendant adjourned until November 18 and November 19 to enable the prosecution to present its witnesses.

Dari Bayero, who led the prosecution, told reporters shortly after the hearing, that the State has assembled more than 20 witnesses to give evidence before the court.

Bayero said personnel of the Nigerian Army and that of the Nigeria Police were among witnesses assembled to give evidence in the case against the defendant.

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