10:57 - April 16, 2018
News ID: 3465553
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Rights activists held rallies in Britain, Pakistan, Turkey and Switzerland in solidarity with jailed Nigerian Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.


According to al-Laulau website, the participants condemned the continued detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), calling for his immediate release.

One of the rallies was held in front of the Nigeria High Commission to UK in London and another one in front of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The top Shia cleric lost his left eyesight in a raid which was carried out 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.

Despite the ruling of a Federal High Court, which ordered his unconditional release in 2016, the Nigerian government has refused to set him free.

The clergyman is said to have been charged with “criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbances.”

Tags: IQNA ، Nigeria ، Shia cleric ، Zakzaky ، London ، Geneva
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