Okah denied bail

2010-11-19 11:20

Nigerian terror accused Henry Okah was denied bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today.

“Your bail application has been denied,” said magistrate Hein Louw.

In his testimony, Okah failed to convince the court that he was not the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (Mend).

“The most damning evidence is that in her handwriting, his wife refers to him as the leader of Mend,” Louw said.

“He is the leader of Mend on balance of probability.”

He faces terrorism-related charges for his alleged involvement in the October 1 Independence Day bombings in Abuja.

Louw further stated that Okaha’s defence had not presented any evidence that his life would be in danger.

In his affidavit, Okah said that he had to undergo a spine operation, which could only be done in a private hospital.

The state in response said arrangements could be made for the operation to be conducted in a private hospital under police guard.

Louw found that Okah had misled the court during his cross-examination.

“The accused was untruthful and he lied to the court,” Louw said.

His failure to give a convincing answer explaining why he had compiled a list of high-calibre weapons in one of his diaries was also questionable, the court found.

The applicant has not convinced the court on balance of probability that he will be acquitted [when the matter goes to trial], Louw found.

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