The Nigerian Attorney General Alhaji Abubakar Malami has commenced this week, the trial of the second batch of the 1000 persons suspected to be boko haram members. Most have been in pre-trial detention for up to 5 years.
In a remarkable change of strategy, the trials are open to selected civil society organizations including the Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC) and the National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC). Reports from the NCICC observers showed that all the four trial courts sitting in Niger State are committed to conclude assigned cases by next week.
Nearly 100 suspects tried in the first batch in October 2017 were discharged for absence of evidence and CSO’s observing the second batch this week reports the repealed lack of evidence against the charged suspects.