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Activist sues Dutch police over alleged false terrorism charge

BY Emma Amaize

WARRI – NIGER-DELTA activist, Mr Sunny Ofehe, who was charged to court in The Netherlands for conspiracy to blow up pipelines and terrorism in Nigeria, last year, has sued the Dutch  police for alleged falsification of  evidence against him.

Ofehe, founder of The Netherlands-based  Hope for Niger Delta Campaign, HNDC, according to his lawyers, had  pressed charges against the Dutch Chief Prosecutor for falsifying evidence against him.

Ofehe’s lawyers claimed that an inaccurate summary of a tapped telephone call in Pidgin English by the Dutch police was what led to wrongful accusations of terrorism against the activist.

In a letter to the Dutch Chief Public Prosecutor, Ofehe and his lawyers,  said the tapped telephone call with a contact in Nigeria was made for a trip by a Dutch journalist, Mark Schenkel, who wanted Ofehe to arrange a visit to the Niger Delta to witness acts of oil theft.

Schenkel, who was requested to testify before an investigative judge, had told Radio Netherlands, on whether he had wanted to document acts of terrorism, said:  “No,  I never asked for that. The trip never materialised. It was to get behind the whole illegal oil bunkering story, to witness them in the act of stealing oil.”

The journalist said he only intended to write an article and perhaps take photos at the time for his employer, NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch newspaper.

When Ofehe was charged with terrorism, his lawyers requested and obtained access to the wiretaps. After listening to the recordings in which they said there was no mention of sabotage, they requested a new translation from the prosecutor’s office.


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