Date set for Zuma assault trial

2010-10-22 09:30

The trial of the man accused of spilling his drink on President Jacob Zuma at the Durban July will start on December 10, the Durban Magistrates Court heard today.

The court heard that the investigation against Daryl Peense (31) of Alberton, Johannesburg, had been completed and the state was ready to proceed with the trial. Statements had been taken from witnesses.

Peense, who faced an assault charge, briefly appeared in court accompanied by three people. ?

» Meanwhile, the bail application of Nigerian terror accused Henry Okah was expected to resume today in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.

A former marine engineer, Okah faces charges of engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to do so, and delivering, placing and detonating an explosive device.

State prosecutor Shaun Abrahams yesterday presented new evidence, an affidavit claiming Okah had instructed his co-conspirators to buy the two cars that were to be used in the October 1 twin car bombs that killed 12 people and injured 36 others.

The state also alleged Okah’s cellphone records revealed he had been in contact with Chima Orlu, one of the men currently wanted by Nigerian authorities for the attacks.

Okah’s lawyer Rudi Krause asked the state to supply him with copies of cellphone records used as evidence to link the 45-year-old father of four to the Independence Day car bombings.

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