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Lakes State parliament reinstates MP after convictions overturned

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October 17, 2012 (RUMBEK) – Lakes State’s parliament on Monday voted to reinstate Zechariah Puoric Matuong MP after a long court battle in which he was accused of adultery and child kidnapping in January.

In mid-January, Lakes State parliament received a complaint from family of a woman who married Puoric illegally after her original husband died during the civil war. Puoric marriage woman despite her not being officially divorced from her late husband.

In January 2012, Puoric was voted out of the state parliament to pursue his personal case in Rumbek County Court where he was convicted and asked to pay seven cows for adultery case.

He was also convicted of abducting a child from Uganda but Matuong has always denied this explaining that the child was his son who was coming from Kampala to visit him and relatives.

Puoric immediately appealed against the decision of Rumbek County Court through the Lakes State High Court of Appeal, which found him not guilty of both charges.

After the High Court officially notified Lakes State’s parliament Puoric was reinstated to his seat after spending ten months without his parliament salary.

Speaking to the press on Monday Puoric said that he was "not reinstated - it is a resumption of my work - according to me and according to those who say so I am not guilty for all charges that were leveled against me”.

The charges were politically motivated and "manufactured to devastate my integrity", he said.

“I did not kidnap my son. He is my biological son, there is nothing like that in this world that a person could kidnap his own son”, said Puoric.

“In regard to adultery case, it is not adultery. It was an official marriage to a woman”.

Lakes state parliament in it Resolution Number 2, of October 1, had agreed to reinstated MP Puoric and all of his ten months salary starting from January to October will be paid back to him

Zechariah Puoric Matuong represents Malek constituency number 5 in Rumbek Central County.

(ST)

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  • 19 October 2012 07:45, by sunny

    You are a role model to the state Mr.MP. Don’t commit that sin again.

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    • 19 October 2012 09:00, by mayom maboung marek

      welcome back to parliament Puoric Matuong,it was political move against you to throw you out of parliament. justice set you free.

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  • 19 October 2012 09:36, by whatsayyou

    law is like spider web, it can traps only weak insects but strong insects tears it in to pieces. Mp. Puoric tore the law into pieces and come back to the parliament, which law is he going to make?

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  • 19 October 2012 10:49, by Marialddit

    Hon Zechariah you are highly welcome all political motivated charges are baseless otherwise that is South Sudan infant politics based on mere allegations fabricated by sectional minded politicians.

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  • 19 October 2012 15:29, by Amongnhiak

    you are free hon.puoric and don,t worry about political scandals, be brave.

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  • 19 October 2012 17:53, by Mapuor

    Late Dor Riak Dor was an SPLA officer who was killed in action on Wau-Rumbek road then his wife apparently went to Wau when it was under the enemy and she cohabitated with Puoric who was then in Wau and the relatives of the late martyr could not go to Wau fearing their lives might have been at stake.The case should have been handled according to Dinka customary laws.Pouric would have just

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    • 19 October 2012 17:57, by Mapuor

      paid seven cows for adultery and cease to claim the child as his and should have continued as an MP.The divorced of dead people’s wives is done officially before committing adultery and any child born before adultery legally belongs to the dead husband.

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