Court affirms Henry Okah 24 years jail conviction

Court affirms Henry Okah 24 years jail conviction. South African apex court has upheld a 24-year-prison sentence for Henry Okah convicted of a series of terror attacks in Nigeria eight years ago.

The convict was jailed in 2013 for masterminding a number of attacks, including twin bombings which killed 12 people in the Nigerian capital Abuja during Independence Day celebrations in 2010.

Court affirms Henry Okah 24 years jail conviction

His appeal was first heard by the Appeal Court in 2014, which overturned four of his 13 terror convictions and also reduced his sentence to 20 years.

The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, on Friday overruled the decision.

The Constitutional Court ruled, “The appeal against his entire conviction is dismissed.

“The convictions overturned in the Supreme Court of Appeal must be reinstated together with the sentences the High Court imposed.

“He was not extradited to Nigeria because, had he stood trial there, he would have faced the death penalty.”‎

The convict had denied any involvement in the attacks.

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