South Sudan

Freed Politicians Face Fresh Detention

visit web geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Immediately after their release, medications Ezekiel Lol and Oyai Deng, more about two fo the four detainees who were facing treason charges, were intercepted at Juba International Airport by security personnel their passports confiscated.

The two were heading to Kenya to meet their families.

“The reason they didn’t travel is because some of them are giving irresponsible statements, and we did not cancel the case but we dropped the process. If they do not change their attitude we will reopen the case,” Makuei was quoted as saying.

To the contrary, Monyluak Alor Kuol, the lawyer representing the four accused persons noted that “If anybody attempts to reopen the case, it is an abuse of the law and has no legal basis; the government’s warnings against the men not to travel are an abuse of the law and their rights.”

Yet, while addressing ministers, President Salva Kiir urged them to respect the released politicians.

The limitation of their movements has, however, sparked off debate amongst academics who think the government released the politicians only to confine them within the country.

“Why then can’t they be allowed to travel abroad? What does the government have against them?” they wonder.

When Kiir through the ministry of Justice dropped treason charges against the four, Pagan Amum, former SPLM Secretary-General told press that government had no evidence to pin them.

As such, they were free to move and mingle with other citizens, but government seems to be playing a yet to be discovered game.

The High Court in Juba a few days back closed the case against the four politicians – Ezekiel Lol, Oyai Deng, Pagan Amum and Majak d’Agoot accused of masterminding the December 2013 alleged coup in Juba, the state’s capital.



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