Henry Okah trial to resume in October

2012-01-30 14:04
Johannesburg - Nigerian terror-accused Henry Okah appeared briefly in the South Gauteng High Court on Monday where his trial was postponed.

Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams requested an adjournment until October 1.

Judge Geraldine Borchers confirmed that the date - which would be two years to the day of the crime - was acceptable to the court.

Okah is accused of masterminding two car bombings in Abuja, Nigeria on October 1, the country's Independence Day, in 2010. Twelve people were killed and 36 were injured. He was arrested in Johannesburg the following day.

Okah was allegedly the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), which claimed responsibility for the blasts.


He was charged with engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.

At Okah's last appearance on August 24 last year, Abrahams said additional charges of terrorism and terror financing were being added to the charge sheet. These related to a bombing in Warri, Nigeria, on March 15, 2010.

Abrahams presented a list of 103 witnesses he intended calling, many of them from Nigeria.

Some of these witnesses would also be called by the defence.

Okah, who remained in custody, was denied bail by the Supreme Court of Appeal on June 17. This was his third unsuccessful bid for bail.

Abrahams explained on Monday that Nigerian authorities had subsequently arrested three more people in connection with the terror crimes - illustrating the co-operation between the two countries.

Nigeria had indicated that it did not intend to apply for Okah's extradition.

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