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Court vacation delays El-Zakzaky’s plans for foreign medical treatment

Plans by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to travel abroad again for medical treatment has been delayed by the ongoing court vacation, The PUNCH has learnt.
It was gathered that the Shi’ite leader was also waiting to see his lawyers to fine-tune strategies for the filing of a fresh application for leave of the court to permit him to seek medical attention in either Turkey, Malaysia or Indonesia.
After spending over three years in the custody of the Department of State Services, the cleric and his wife, Zeenat, had on August 12, 2019, flew to Medenta Hospital, New Delhi, India, for medical attention.
They were scheduled to see the doctors for treatment of glaucoma and lead poisoning, among other health issues, on the orders of a Kaduna State High Court.
But the cleric returned to the country barely four days later, accusing the Federal Government of interfering with the treatment, noting that he was not allowed to see his preferred doctors.
The religious leader in a video said he was discussing the options given to him with his wife when security operatives asked him to prepare to leave for Nigeria.
The IMN leader and his wife had been kept at a detention facility in Kaduna since they returned to the country on August 16.
The Coordinator, Free El-Zakzaky campaign committee, Abubakar Abdulrahman, confirmed to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, that the application for the IMN leader’s medical treatment overseas would be filed when the court resumed.
He said, “The application has not been filed because judges are on vacation, but the Sheikh will meet his lawyers soon.”
The 2019 annual vacation of the judiciary which commenced on July 8 would end on September 13, while normal court activities were expected to resume on September 16.
Shi’ite spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, also said El-Zakzaky was due to meet with his lawyers for discussion this week, adding that the plan for foreign medical treatment would be discussed during the meeting.
Lawyer to the IMN leader, Femi Falana (SAN), confirmed that he was due to meet his client, but said he was not aware that the Court vacation was responsible for the delay in the proposed overseas medical treatment for El-Zakzaky.
“I will likely see him this week, but I am not aware the court vacation was responsible for the delay,” he said on the phone.
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