South Sudan

Pagan Amum, Co-detainees to Be Freed

see buy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the premises of the Ministry of Justice, clinic this Minister Palino Wanawilla, said the case was being terminated “for the sake of peace”, after many regional powers appealed for the release of the prisoners.

The detainees in question are; former SPLM Secretary-General, Pagan Amum, former National Security Minister Oyai Deng, South Sudan Ambassador to US, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and former Deputy Defence Minister, Majak d’Agoot.

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

Of the 13, seven who included; Deng Alor Kuol, Gen. Gier Chuang Along, Kosti Manibe (finance), Cirino Hiteng, Madut Biar Yel, Peter Adwok Nyaba, and John Luk Jok, were released on bail.

The remaining four were charged with treason and tried in a High Court based in the capital Juba.

However, the suspects pleaded not guilty following state’s failure to produce enough evidence that would link them to the alleged coup plot.

Kiir, therefore, directed the Minister of Justice drop the charges quoting section 25 of the criminal act of South Sudan’s constitution.

As such, the prisoners will be freed tomorrow; also, the seven who are currently in Kenya will be set free.


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