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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

SOUTH AFRICAN COURT CONVICTS HENRY OKAH

                                                                                             
A South African court has found the ex-leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Henry Okah guilty of carrying out the 2010 car bombing which killed 12 people. Okah who has been standing trial in a South African court was convicted of 13 acts of terrorism. His arrest in South Africa came a day after two bombs exploded during the 50th anniversary of Nigerian’s independence. Though Okah denied the charges, his militant group, MEND, said it carried out the attack. Neels Claassen, the Judge of the Johannesburg High Court convicted Okah on charges ranging from conspiracy to commit terrorism to detonating explosives. After the conviction, the prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams told Association Press, “This is clearly indicative that South Africa cannot be seen as a safe haven for international terrorists”. In addition, he praised South African law enforcement for working well with foreing law enforcement “to make sure justice is done in Africa”. Okah’s actual sentence comes up on January 31 and risks life jail.

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