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Prosecution slams Okah's defence team

Prosecutors say the NPA and the court are bending backwards for terrorist Henry Okah.

Prosecutors say the NPA and the court are bending backwards for Henry Okah.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors in Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah's case on Wednesday slammed the defence for trying to subvert the justice system.

The accusation was made in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg during sentencing hearings.

Okah's lawyers also lodged a complaint, claiming proper procedure was not followed during his trial.

The Nigerian was convicted for masterminding twin car bombings in Abuja in October 2010.

Twelve people were killed in the attack.

The state outlined a number of delays caused by Okah's lawyers during his trial.

Prosecutors said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South Gauteng High Court bent over backwards to accommodate Okah's legal team throughout the trial.

Prosecutors said the application shows the Nigerian's desperation to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.

They asked the court to dismiss Okah's latest application and denied his claims that witnesses were intimidated throughout the trial.

If the application is granted, Okah will automatically be allowed to appeal his conviction.