Nigerian terrorist's sentencing to start

2013-01-31 07:47

Johannesburg - Sentencing of Nigerian Henry Okah, convicted on 13 charges of terrorist activities, was expected to start in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

On January 21, Judge Neels Claassen found Okah guilty of engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device and said the State proved Okah was guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Claassen said Okah's failure to testify meant evidence against him remained uncontested.

Twelve people were killed and 36 injured in the car bombs on 1 October 2010 the anniversary of Nigeria's independence. Okah was arrested in Johannesburg the next day.

He was also found guilty on terrorism charges relating to two explosions in March 2010 in the southern Nigerian city of Warri.

Claassen found no evidence that Okah did not head the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Okah denied any involvement in the blasts and said the charges against him were politically motivated.

South Africa tried him as part of its international obligation, as the Nigerian authorities had not applied for his extradition, according to the prosecution.

  • sphiwe.dllamini - 2013-01-31 08:03

    Blast his head - finish and klaar !

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-31 08:48

    Free Okah!! The Nelson Mandela of Nigeria.

  • trevor.mashilo - 2013-01-31 08:55

    MEND on weekend warned SA to minds its own business,am scared for the innocent lives of South African livin in Nigeria,nd the business of South Africa there!We gonna b targeted like the Americans!

      hugh.olphart - 2013-01-31 16:01

      Yes, very much so. Why was he just not extradited? Let the Nigerian courts deal with this? The SAffas will have to start living like the Americans in Nigeria, hiding in compounds and never going out without an escort. Nuts

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-31 09:47

    Why don't they start blitzing Hilbrow as it is infested with Nigerian cocroaches with their multi million underworld economy but then again the cops are on their pay roll....

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