Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Prepares To Petition ICC Over ‘Right Abuses’, Claims Nigerian Courts Are Compromised
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer in the United States, Bruce Fein, has vowed to submit a petition with the International Criminal Court for an alleged infringement of his client’s rights.
Fein, who was refused entry to the courtroom after showing up on Wednesday, November 10 to observe the trial of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, revealed that this is the fifth time he has been treated in this manner.
According to the American lawyer, this is in contravention of a court order that granted Nnamdi Kanu access to three people. He also announced that he will testify before the US Congress, requesting sanctions against Nigeria for egregious human rights breaches.
“Today was the fifth time I was told I could not enter the courtroom despite the court’s previous order that Nnamdi could have access to any three persons he wants to.
“I had the chance to talk briefly to him on my way to the courtroom. It is clear that I am the target in particular. That’s the reason why this proceeding did not transpire today.
“And I’m here to tell Nigerians and the international community that I’m taking this to international tribunals. It is clear that the Nigerian tribunals are compromised.
“I will petition the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the ICC in the Hague and I’ll be going to the United States Congress and urging that sanctions be considered against Nigeria for gross violations of fundamental human rights”.
“I’m here not to be an irritant but there are huge international law issues that are present in Nnamdi Kanu’s case. I’m here because I’m an international expert to provide more enlightenment on what legal issues are present here.”
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu’s lead lawyer in Nigeria, has also denied claims that he and his team staged a courtroom walkout. According to Ejiofor, the legal team was shut out of the court rather than walking out.
“What happened in the court today is the height of travesty of justice. We have more than 50 lawyers who are here in solidarity so we were outside trying to resolve it.
“When we came to the court, they still insisted that they could not allow the maximum of five persons to have access to the court. And there is space in the court for us to sit.
“We were still trying to resolve it when the judge came in and we were all locked out. When attention was called to the fact that we were outside the court protesting about what happened. Instead of the court calling the attention of the lead counsel to find out what is going on, the court discussed with our client.”