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The lawyer of convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah is expected to take the stand in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday.

Johannesburg - The lawyer of convicted Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah is expected to take the stand in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday during his sentencing procedures.

On Thursday, Lucky Maunatlala, for Okah, argued for sentencing to be postponed, saying the defence wanted to call witnesses in mitigation of sentencing.

Judge Neels Claassen said Okah's attorney had to take the stand on Friday and inform the court what communication there was with the potential witnesses.

On January 21, Claassen found Okah guilty on 13 counts of terrorism including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activity, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.

Twelve people were killed and 36 injured in two car bombs in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 1, 2010, the anniversary of the country's independence. Okah was arrested in Johannesburg the next day.

He was also found guilty on terrorism charges relating to two explosions in March 2010 in the southern Nigerian city of Warri.

Claassen said Okah's failure to testify meant the evidence against him remained uncontested.

During the trial, Okah denied any involvement in the blasts and said charges against him were politically motivated. - Sapa


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