The UN’s human rights agency UNHCR has said it is concerned about the ongoing trial of suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants in Nigeria.
It said that, though it welcomed the prosecution of the suspects, it had serious concerns that they may not get a fair trial.
It added that lack of transparency was worrying, pointing out that independent monitors and the media have not been allowed to attend.
The trials, which are being conducted by four judges, began on Monday at a civilian court set up at a military base and detention centre at Kanji in Niger state, the agency’s statement says.
They are the first in a series of trials of more than 6,600 people who are accused of being members of Boko Haram.