South Sudan

State Security Confiscates Passports of 2 Ex-Detainees

medicine geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing the public in Juba, rx the former SPLM Secretary-General, drug Pagan Amum, said that they are prepared to foster change that will end the current fighting.

“The four of us; Oyai Deng Ajak, Dr. Majak Deng Agot, Ambassador Ezekiel Lol will dedicate our efforts to restoring peace in our country; we will educate our youth to know peace, and our mission shall end on the day when the government will agree with SPLA/SPLM in opposition to stop the conflict happening now, the conflict which is taking innocent lives.”

He added: “Our task now is to return South Sudan to a peaceful country because we liberated South Sudan and of the people of South Sudan want to build a country of freedom, the country of peace, the country of unity, the country for all South Sudanese to live a peaceful life.”

South Sudan High Court officially dropped treason charges formerly filed against the 11 political detainees, ordering their release from prison yesterday.

However, we have also learnt that hours after their release, security personnel confiscated Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Oyai Deng’s passports after intercepting them at Juba International airport.

According to Radio Tamazuj, the two were en route to Nairobi, Kenya when they were halted by security officers who blocked them from boarding the plane.

Their lawyer Monyluak Alor Kuol, confirmed the incident saying, “It is true that Ezekiel and Oyai were travelling to Nairobi this afternoon and their passports were taken by the security at the airport.”

He said they were going to visit their families.

The state has not yet explained why the two could not be allowed to leave the country yet it has no charge against them.

It remains unclear whether government released the political prisoners only to detain them within the confines of South Sudan.

(Radio Tamazuj)

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