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Okah lawyer to take the stand

2013-02-01 08:25

Johannesburg - The lawyer for convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah is expected to take the stand in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday during his sentencing procedures.

On Thursday, Lucky Maunatlala, for Okah, argued for sentencing to be postponed saying the defence wanted to call witnesses in mitigation of sentencing.

Judge Neels Claassen said Okah's attorney had to take the stand on Friday and inform the court what communication there was with the potential witnesses.

On January 21, Claassen found Okah guilty on 13 counts of terrorism including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.

Twelve people were killed and 36 injured in two car bombs in Abuja, Nigeria, on 1 October 2010 the anniversary of the country'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 said Okah's failure to testify meant the evidence against him remained uncontested.

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

Comments
  • siphiwo.maurice - 2013-02-01 09:03

    Wishing death penalty was applicable in SA, this terrorist, deserves such for the brutal killing of people in his home country and running to South Africa for cover. As a country, we need not such people to use us as a their launching ground. May he be sentenced to life then.

      hendriek.woede - 2013-02-01 10:59

      The president of Nigeria and Okah are from the same area. What if Jonathan has a personal vendetta against this men, politically? As far as I know this case will be a benchmark to others to come. It's amazing that South Africa can sentence internationals for their own domestic politics - Something is smelling here

  • nomthandazo.c.hlatshwayo - 2013-02-01 09:18

    seriously if you can commit this acts in your own country , what can make you think good of any country . they should deport all this nigerians.

      Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-02-01 09:22

      I would say Nomthandazo, those Nigerians who come here for acts like this terrorist, should be deported back to their country. As a country, we need to be very vigilant and protect ours before we are destroyed by these terrorist wearing holly clothes in disguise.

  • prince.joe.5855 - 2013-02-01 09:47

    No peace for the wicked.and no killer shall go unpunished

  • prince.joe.5855 - 2013-02-01 09:51

    We nigerians are peace loving people i dont know where all this element are coming from. No body should said anything bad against nigeria.God has bless us in everything so far.we suppose to be the richest country in the world today,here i hang my comment

      siphiwo.maurice - 2013-02-01 11:32

      Hallow PRINCE.JOE.5855, there shouldn't be any attack on Nigerians, I mean pure Nigerians, they are our brothers. We speak against those Nigerians and anybody else, who come to SA for their own devious and evil acts. Should we say, we need them too here in SA? When you say Nigeria is very rich, I wonder if they could be selling drugs in our steets as a mark-up then? The truth if like we can call..." face down ".

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-01 10:26

    He needs to swing!!!

  • Siyakha Siya Ess Mabona - 2013-02-01 12:13

    can these nigerians go out of our country plz,half of the crime that is done in this country is caused by them. i met a lot of nigerians in my life and 95% of the crooked...Mr president can u do something for f#n change and chase these ppl out

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