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South Sudan opposition protests “targeted” arrest of its members

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By Ngor Arol Garang

October 23, 2011 (JUBA) - A major South Sudanese opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) on Sunday protested against the “targeted” arrest of its members.

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Onyoti Adigo, leader of the opposition group in South Sudan’s parliament SPLM-DC speaks to Sudan Tribune in Juba. 2 October 2011 (ST)

Onyoti Adigo, who leads the largest opposition party in the National Legislative Assembly, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday said that three diplomats aligned to his party were picked up at gunpoint on Friday while leaving the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

He named James Okuk as one of the members being held in undisclosed location by South Sudan’s security services for allegedly for writing against president on the internet. Some other SPLM-DC members including Sabino Tom who were arrested with James have been freed.

“I want to tell you that on Friday, three diplomats in the name of James Okuk and Sabino Tom with another colleague were picked up at the ministry of foreign affairs. They were picked up at gunpoint and driven off to undisclosed placed,” Adigo told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

“When James Okuk tried to resist because he did not receive arrest warrant, the security elements cocked the pistol and pointed it at him until he complied,” said Adigo, describing the act as an “unacceptable behavior.”

The leading member of the party, which split away from South Sudan’s ruling SPLM in 2009, further added that he does not know the circumstances of their arrest.

“It is important that he is taken to a competent court of law instead of arbitrary arrest, if at all there is an issue with him. Arresting him without following legal procedures is unacceptable.”

"His ministry should have been served with letter of arrest such that he is officially released,” he added.

While attempts to reach to security apparatus at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) failed, General Peter Biar Mading, spokesman of South Sudan’s police told Sudan Tribune that he could not comment as he had just returned from Uganda

Reacting to the arrest, some members of the public, who did not want to be named, observed that the arrest did not follow legal procedures.

(ST)

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  • 24 October 2011 07:47, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    i warn them three days ago to stop being nyagateen but they contune to do so. i arrest them and anyonw who is disput their crimes will be subject to arrest too.

    To those who used to called me Okuk are now going to shut their badluck off.

    I am doing what i can to put those gangster to prison due to their ill criticising government. every times.

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    • 24 October 2011 08:36, by twins

      Mr.right all the time

      This is not acceptable at all. People talk free in democratic world and that there is no need for citizens to be intimidated by government. Please let’s analize our thought before we implement it. Who pointed gun at citizen any way? polic or soldier? This is not a way to convience citizens to stop critizing government.

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      • 25 October 2011 02:12, by Bolman

        hello readers my first comment you guys don’t try to arguing on something unknown how come we just talks about democratic our Country it just gain his independent recentlly matter of three monthly take a lookover the rest of Africans,we may talks for how to adjust the anti corruption to let ours Civilian lives free with good security than talking about democratic
        Bolman online

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  • 24 October 2011 08:10, by LongTweng

    Lam Akol is back in Juba, he will stirred up hassle with his magic to mess up South Sudan nation and claim that he is holy chosen NCP Angeles for Southern Sudan.

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  • 24 October 2011 08:35, by Mzalendo Mwema

    Dear Southese,

    Thank to our security organ.It has done a great job because those who behave inappropriately will start behaving well now on.James is one of the most wanted citizens because his words have killed many people.

    Investigate him properly and fine him heavenly but do not harm him.

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    • 24 October 2011 09:08, by Abugua

      Okuk is not a diplomat his writings against the President is always showing that he lack direction for this country. He deserve to be question and humbled to be a diplomat otherwise he should be treated as a rebel. If he is a diplomat he must promote the good image of this nation. otherwise he must resign from being a diplomat and join his brothers SPLM-DC in parliament.

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      • 24 October 2011 10:09, by Logic

        This is completely unacceptable.

        James Okuk and any other citizen has the right to criticize the government as weak, if that word warrants that kind of behavior by the security apparatus? then South Sudan is heading in the wrong direction. The president himself should order his release and contradict this act of jungle law, if report is correct.

        You are not a guerilla movement anymore.

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        • 25 October 2011 07:22, by Antigraft

          If the arrest of Dr.James Okuk is ordered by the president of this country, then it is unfortunate for this country. Let me hope that the president would intervene ASAP. Culture of political intolerance should be erased from South Sudan and intolerance was one of the reason many sacrifice their blood for the two decades insurgent against arab domination. otherwise we are heading for a bad end.

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        • 25 October 2011 17:40, by Chuangah

          James O kuk should write and think that one day one time he will come back to South Sudan as he is now in the hands of our national security organ the CID. James said he was the only PHD in the internet but now he was caught red handed.
          talking shit to the government in the cruisal time was not a democratic decision, that time was actually critcal period.

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  • 24 October 2011 08:48, by Gives-poor ’ier dues

    Anyway much needs to be done and much needs to be stop,i mean reforms change phsycological and analyse our actions bef4.put them in practice,security has the right of orders given and the arrested diplates have right of no legal warrant.
    be advise, perform your activities knowing each and everyone is created despite earthly ranking, we can be republic if we respect oneanther.

    Neutral.
    Wengedi

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  • 24 October 2011 08:55, by Lotoroboy

    Lotoroboy
    I think this was the statement that leads to the arrest of Dr. James Okuk
    Rescuing South Sudan from Bad Leadership

    Dr. James Okuk

    Hello Brother Jacob K. Lupai; wake up from your slumbers and come down from the sky to the ground in Southern Sudan under the current weak government, which is working for the “Somalization” of our beloved land rather than “Americanization” and the com

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    • 24 October 2011 10:20, by agwait majok

      HELLO EVERY ONE THIS COMPETITION IS NOT VERY NICE, SHOULD OUR PEOPLE UNDERSTOOT THAT THE WAY THEY GOING TO BUILD NEW NATION. WHEN SOME ONE WHO IS CONCREN ABOUT THE COUNTRY SITUATION DO NOT COME UP BY FIGHTING, MAKE A GOOD SPEECH AND CONFRIME THE PEOPLE HOW YOU GOING TO MAKE CHANGE FROM BAD TO RIGHT, THE FIGHTING IS DONE IS TIME FOR DEVELOPNMENT OF OUR NATION, PLEASE BE PATIENT AND DO THE BUESTS WA

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  • 24 October 2011 10:11, by Alier42

    To arrest James because he had challenged the rulers with his brililiant political ideas ,is unacceptabl.anybody who is involve in the arrest of James should act now by releasing him.

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  • 24 October 2011 11:08, by Lok T Simon

    Dear Southerners,

    It is good to tell the hidden histroy and bad to present that history in an inappropriate way. I would not blame James Okuk of being written something on internet, but I would rather blame government who knows very well that Splm-DC members are rebells and government still put such a group in diplomat affairs.
    I suggested that members of SPLM-DC should be monitered seriously

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    • 24 October 2011 13:28, by Genuine Leader

      one day back late John Garang ,said any government of weak people is a weak government at same any government with weak opposition is a weak government too. so its unacceptable for President Kiir government to arrested opposition members because they criticized him.
      am advising president not to think for autocratic policy in south sudan in order to avoiding autocracy malaria.
      the future leader

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  • 24 October 2011 18:45, by Sonofthesoil

    Surely change of mentality is much needed in South Sudan. If any body who speaks against the government is marked as an enemy, the let us call ourselves a failed state.

    The governments and its organs should learn to accept challenges of any kind from its citizens if they want to improve governance.

    I am really worried!!!

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  • 24 October 2011 19:40, by Ito

    Dear fellow citizens,

    It is now very clear that our government is telling us that it cannot rule as by arresting and harassing opposition leaders together with their respective supporters. I wish our Hero the late Dr. John Garang did not die, this nonsense could have not happen. Garang always encourage opposition to participate fully in the government that is why he fought for freedom. God help u

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  • 24 October 2011 23:51, by Michael

    The way this man address the government and the SPLM, I didn’t know he even would considr working with the government of the South Sudan and SPLM.

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  • 25 October 2011 00:33, by Freedom4South Sudan

    What a shame. Are you telling me, no one can say anything about the president in south sudan?......looks like south sudan is heading toward dictatorship. We as citizens should be able to express our political views without fears. This what makes us a democratic country.

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  • 25 October 2011 06:10, by Dominic Mayiik

    Dear all.
    Thank you for your commends but mind you,Foriegn Affairs every where in the World are having a very strict rules/code of conduct similar to Militry. Diplomats are not like Politicians they don’t just speak up their mind as politicians & James Okuk knows this too well that his responsibility is to repsect & protect the Government veiws not the other way around.

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