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Nigerian IMN leader Zakzaky flown to India for treatment

The imprisoned leader of a banned Shia Muslim group in Nigeria has been flown to India for medical treatment.



A court recently granted him medical leave after nearly four years in custody during a lengthy legal process.

In a statement, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) said Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife had left for Delhi, accompanied by a government security escort to ensure their return.

The group says he has suffered two minor strokes and is losing his sight.

Sheikh Zakzaky, 66, has been charged with culpable homicide and other offences, all of which he denies.



The couple are expected to stand trial after the treatment is completed.
The pro-Iranian IMN has accused the Nigerian authorities of inflicting "brutal wounds" on the Sheikh and his wife while in detention, and his supporters have protested for months calling for his release.

BBC
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