Trial of Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria poses legal nightmare

About 20 people have so been found guilty in Nigeria for involvement with the Islamist militant Boko Haram group at closed-door trials taking place at a military facility in Kainji in north-central Niger state. They have been sentenced to between five and eight years in prison. More than 1,600 Boko Haram suspects are to be tried in the coming weeks with a further 5,000 people after that. Meanwhile Rights group Amnesty International has criticized the trials of thousands of suspected Boko Haram members, saying that the secretive proceedings were denying the suspects the right to a fair court process. The group’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said in a statement that the trials were meant to provide respite for many victims but that the closed-door proceedings were worrying. The first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people opened on Monday.