The Federal Government on Monday re-arraigned Haruna Abbas, the Chief Security Officer to Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and two others, before Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The Federal Government had earlier arraigned Abbas, Ibrahim Musa and Adam Suleiman, before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The defendants were arraigned on an amended eight-count criminal charge for allegedly supporting terrorism between 2009 and 2013, by sending people for terrorist training in Iran.
The offence contravenes the provisions of Section 4 of the Terrorist Prevention Act 2013.
At the commencement of hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Miss Chike Nnenna, told the court that the matter was starting afresh as the charge was dated November 5, 2014.
She urged the court to accept the charge and allow same to be read to the defendants to enable them take their plea. When the charge was read, the defendants pleaded not guilty.
The prosecuting counsel made an oral application that Ibrahim Musa (the 2nd defendant) who is still in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody be remanded in prison.