The elderly leader of a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, has been granted medical leave abroad, following a protracted legal dispute.
Supporters of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky have been protesting on the streets of the capital, Abuja, for months calling for his release. The protests have frequently descended into violence.
Mr el-Zakzaky’s supporters says he has suffered a minor strokes and is losing his sight.
According to Mr el-Zakzaky’s team, a judge in the northern state of Kaduna ruled the religious leader and his wife must be allowed to go for medical treatment in order to continue standing for trial.
The leader of Shia Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) will be receiving treatment in India.
The court has also ordered Mr el-Zakzaky be accompanied by a delegation from the prosecution to ensure he returns for trial after getting treatment.
Mr el-Zakzany is accused of attempted murder and disrupting the peace following deadly clashes between his supporters and security forces in 2015.
His IMN movement was banned by the government last week.