Nigeria hold “open trial” of hundreds of Boko Haram militants

Boko Haram

Hundreds of suspected Boko Haram members appears for an open trial in a detention centre in central Nigeria on Monday in a resumption of the country’s biggest legal investigation of the militant Islamist insurgency.

More than 20,000 people have been killed and two million forced to flee their homes in northeastern Nigeria since Boko Haram began an insurgency in 2009 aimed at creating an Islamic state.

The justice ministry said the suspects appeared in open court, after rights groups criticised earlier hearings in which more than 1,000 people stood trial in secret.

In October last year, 45 suspected Boko Haram linked militants had been convicted and jailed.