Okah's brother collapses in court

2011-01-18 13:21
Abuja - The brother of a notorious militant charged with treason over Independence Day twin car bombings in Nigeria's capital collapsed in court on Tuesday as his trial was about to start.

Charles Okah fell to the floor with proceedings set to begin in the trial over the car bomb attacks that killed at least 12 people on October 1. He was being attended to by security officials.

Shortly after prosecution and defence lawyers announced their appearance in court, the trial judged observed that Okah appeared ill.

"It appears Charles Okah is not looking well," Justice Gabriel Kolawole said. "I think they should get you a chair to sit or do you think you are fit enough to stand?"

Okah then fell to the floor and the judge adjourned the hearing to allow security officials to attend to him.

Okah is the brother of Henry Okah, a suspected leader of militant group Mend accused of ordering the twin car bombings. Henry Okah lives in South Africa and was arrested there after the attacks.

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