8 phones in Nigeria terror suspect's S.Africa cell

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Posted: Feb 24, 2011 5:18 AM
8 phones in Nigeria terror suspect's S.Africa cell

South African police say a raid on a Nigerian terror suspect's jail cell yielded eight mobile phones.

Police spokesman McIntosh Polela says jail officials raided Henry Okah's cell earlier this week after police heard he was making unauthorized calls. Polela said Thursday that officials confiscated eight phones and other unspecified items.

Polela says prisoners are not allowed cell phones. He also says police do not want Okah to communicate with people outside jail because the investigation is at a "sensitive stage."

Okah is awaiting trial after being arrested in Johannesburg and linked to deadly bombings in Nigeria's capital during October independence celebrations.

Okah has denied involvement in calls from jail to The Associated Press and other news organizations.