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Two South Sudan officials arrested on corruption charges

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March 11, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has taken the bold step of arresting two prominent leaders in Juba.

A member of the Salvation Revolutionary Command Council, retd Brig-Gen Martin Mulwal Arop, who is currently closely linked to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the general manager of the GoSS ministry of finance, Isaac Makor Atim, were arrested and imprisoned in connection to accusations of corruption.

The Khartoum based Akhir Lahzah daily said the amount of money involved could exceed 200m dollars.

Akhir Lahzah’s sources said the accused were treated roughly during their arrest yesterday and were placed in prison directly without first being taken to a police station.

Martin Mulwal Arop was involved in all the work relating to internal and external GoSS purchases. Meanwhile, Isaac Makor threatened his captors saying that he would be forced to reveal documents naming high-ranking officials implicated in corruption scams and said he will not be made a scapegoat.

(ST)

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