The lead counsel of Henry Okah's legal team on Thursday at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg announced the teams withdrawal from the terrorism case.
Okah is the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).
Defence counsel, Lucky Multulanta told the trial Judge, Neels Claassen that they were withdrawing from the case to allow a new legal team take over the trial of the case that might go to appeal and beyond in the coming days and months.
"Having discussed with my client, we came to agreement that it is appropriate for us to step down from handling the matter and allow a new legal team to take over from the mitigation of sentence to the appeal court hearing.
"My client has the right to change his legal team, and now he has decided to change the legal team representing him in this case, we are both happy about the decision," Multulanta said.
Okah, the convicted fractional leader of the MEND, was found guilty of a 13 count charge of conspiracy to commit terrorism by masterminding two car bomb attacks in Abuja on October 1, 2010. NAN