A Nigerian court has refused to grant bail to Ayatollah Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, days after more than 40 of his supporters were martyred during protests demanding his release.
“The court refused to grant him bail,” Sheikh Zakzaky’s lawyer Maxwell Kyon said, Press TV reported.
His legal team had urged his release, saying he is suffering from health issues that require urgent medical care abroad but the court denied the request.
But the state high court in the northern city of Kaduna said on Wednesday refused to grant Zakzaky bail.
Sheikh Zakzaky would remain in custody throughout the period of his trial. The upcoming hearing will take place on January 22.
“We are disappointed with the court’s decision,” said Ibrahim Musa, an Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) spokesman.
He stressed that Sheikh Zakzaky should have been granted bail due to poor health, adding that “We will keep on with our protests in Abuja and other cities.”
The hearing comes after several peaceful protests staged by IMN supporters last month in demand for Zakzaky’s release. Nigerian security forces opened fire with live ammunition on IMN members in the capital, Abuja, leaving 47 people martyred.