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Okah sentenced to 24 years in jail

Judge Neels Claassen said the state proved without a reasonable doubt that Henry Okah was guilty.

Convicted Nigerian terrorist, Henry Okah. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah has been sentenced to 24 years in prison in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, he was convicted on 13 counts related to terrorism after he masterminded twin bombings that killed 12 people Abuja, Nigeria, back in 2010.

Okah has been in court for months trying to have his sentence reduced.

Judge Neels Classen said the state had proven Okah's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The judge said the Nigerian national's failure to testify meant the evidence against him remained uncontested.

Okah was handed 12 years for each of the two car bombs set off.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw said, "We are happy this matter has been finalised. We accept today's result."

Okah was also sentenced to an additional 13 years for threats he made to the South African government shortly after his arrest in Johannesburg.

The sentences will run concurrently.

He was arrested days after the Independence Day bombings.

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