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Henry Okah Wins Prison Reprieve

September 21, 2011

Niger Delta militant accused of terrorism in South Africa, Henry Okah, has won a reprieve from the South African  Correctional Services minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, regarding his detention conditions.

Niger Delta militant accused of terrorism in South Africa, Henry Okah, has won a reprieve from the South African  Correctional Services minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, regarding his detention conditions.

A South Gauteng High Court has ruled that his strict prison conditions were inhumane and illegal. The court ruling means that Mr. Okah will probably be moved to a medium security prison in Johannesburg.

Mr. Okah's lawyer, Rudi Krause, had sued the minister to court after  Okah complained that his current conditions of detention were inhumane. Okah was moved to a maximum security prison in February after a raid on his cell revealed that he was in possession of several mobile phones.

Okah's lawyers said they plan to sue the ministry for R20 million.

Okah is facing terrorism charges in South Africa over the October 1 "Independent Day" bombing in Abuja that killed 12 people. Okah's trial is set for  January 2012.