4 April 2014

South Africa: Okah Moved to Another Jail - Report

Photo: Vanguard
Henry Okah in court (file photo).

Johannesburg — Nigerian terrorist Henry Okah has been moved twice after failed prison escapes with inmates, The Star reported on Friday.

In February, Okah and other inmates, including Sunday rapist Jaco Steyn, attempted to escape from Leeuwkop Prison in Midrand. Okah was then moved to New Lock Prison in Pretoria and again hatched another plan to escape with other prisoners.

The information emerged this week in documents before the Pretoria High Court in a failed application brought by Okah's wife Azuka and his lawyer Idemudia Uriesi. The two claim Okah disappeared from New Lock Prison and they had no idea where he was. They believed he was taken to an undisclosed prison. Uriesi said he heard rumours that Okah was taken to Kokstad, and accused correctional services of malice and having a hidden agenda.Uriesi asked that Okah be immediately returned to New Lock Prison.

The department's director Reuben Mbuli said Okah was moved to Kokstad for security reasons because he was again involved in a prison break. He was transferred to Kokstad on March 13 with other inmates. He said the department was within its rights to move Okah and nobody had the right to question it.

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