Court affirms Henry Okah’s conviction

South Africa’s top court on Friday reinstated a 24-year prison sentence for Henry Okah convicted of a series of terror attacks in Nigeria eight years ago.

Okah 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.

Okah’s appeal was first heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2014, which overturned four of his 13 terror convictions and reduced his sentence to 20 years, but the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg overruled the decision.

“The appeal against his entire convictio is dismissed,” the Constitutional Court said in its ruling.

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