South Sudan

Trial of Treason Suspects Closes


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“I was seeking protection at Buluk police station because the situation was tense but I ended up been arrested,” Gatkuoth told court.

Earlier on, Majak D’Agoot, former deputy minister of Defence, the third of four defendants on trial for treason had also testified to his innocence the same court.

“Up to this time, there was no clear evidence brought against me for being involved in any coup,” he told court.

13 ministers were arrested following the December 15, 2013 alleged coup plot and detained at State Security headquarters, Jabel.

Seven of them; Deng Alor Kuol, Gen. Gier Chuang Along, Kosti Manibe (finance), Cirino Hiteng, Madut Biar Yel, Peter Adwok Nyaba, and John Luk Jok, were freed and sent to Kenya on bail.

Pagan Amum, former SPLM secretary-general, the most prominent defendant on trial, alongside ex-deputy Defence minister, Majak d’Agoot, former army chief of staff Oyai Deng, and diplomat Ezekiel Gatkuoth were taken to court on treason charges.

Yesterday, court set April 30, 2014 as final date to give a ruling on their case.


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