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South Sudan denies seeking “ransom” to release arrested American citizen


November 16, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s police denied on Friday reports claiming it is seeking a "ransom" to release Elton Mark McCabe, an American national arrested by government agents in October.

The United States Embassy in South Sudan on Thursday declined to comment about the circumstances leading to McCabe’s arrest but expressed deep concern on Wednesday in a statement; saying the suspect was denied medication for a period of five days during his detention.

McCabe’s wife claims her husband was arrested on charges of kidnapping an Indian businessman for a $5 million ransom. Anne McCabe says her husband was picked up by security agents in "a tinted vehicle" and drove away to a detention centre in the capital Juba, where he was detained in "darkness" for over 36 hours.

“He told me when I talked to him this week that he was beaten by security agents who are trying to extort $100,000 for his release for no apparent reason. They are making everything up. Someone else is making drama out of my husband”, Anne McCabe told Sudan Tribune.

The US ambassador, Sudan Page, according to the embassy’s release, visited McCabe in prison and expressed disappointment after the visit.

“We are deeply concerned with reports of arbitrary arrests and detentions. We have raised his case at the highest level of the South Sudanese government, urging that he be granted due process as stipulated in South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution," the embassy said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Colonel James Monday, a spokesperson for South Sudan Police Service on Friday described the reports as “serious allegations” which his ministry “must investigate to find out the truth”.

“These are serious allegations and we are not taking it lightly. We take them seriously”, Colonel Monday told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

He said the case is no longer being handled by the security services but has been transferred to a South Sudanese court, which has scheduled a hearing to take place on 22 November.

“All the complaints will be heard during the trial and if there are those who are trying to get money from him, he will say it. It is his right but I do not think whether there were people who have asked him to pay money because I know that prisoners are not asked to pay so that they are released”, explained Colonel Monday.


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  • 18 November 2012 07:59, by Ruach

    The Police demanded 100,000$! They are really exposing South Sudan into bad images! The Higher Authority(Constitutional Authority)should deal with these thieves who arrested the kidnapper and opted to charge him for the release! They are thieves

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    • 18 November 2012 08:22, by Dinkawarrior

      Mr. Monday, you guys have to be careful for what you doing. Believed it or not, RoSS is under watch! There are so many allegations concerning Human Right Abusive from our government but you always denied. As people usually said"there is no fire without smoke" It’s true and it always be, I can says some of your own people have been murdered in cold-blooded those include Deng Chol and Mayol Kuch!

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      • 19 November 2012 01:34, by Tiger

        Ruach and Dinkawarrior!
        guys don’t believe what these pepole are saying,they’re making up lies just to get their national citizen out of jail,even if our detention centers are corrupted,i believe our NSS did a good job by arresting him the"thief"interm of providing inmates with the medicine they need to cure their pre-existing condition they might have,yes our government should provide inmates....

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        • 19 November 2012 01:45, by Tiger

          ...con)with medication they need inorder to fight their whatever disease they have and second to that being in a foriegn Country jail had to put someone in a lot of depression,stressfulness worrying and also thought of suicidal attempt for unknowing the outcome of their situation while behind bars.

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    • 18 November 2012 09:38, by Diu J.Kuek

      I am not be surprise by such an allegation because security of our nation is uncontrollable which should be control by security agents direct order from the President so does n’t anyway God a mercy, but American Government should put more pressure on the Government of South Sudan to reform their human rights records and respect the dignity of individual this Country may move forward,

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    • 19 November 2012 07:32, by Mathiang Beny Til

      lies, we are all human guys and no one will every arrest some one without crime committed. This American guy is under proper treatment because of his Nationality but the crime he committed is BIG one.
      So South Sudan should just release criminals to clear her face from other Nations Right?
      Let us hear final hearing from the court on 22 Nov.

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  • 18 November 2012 08:51, by Jalaby

    I’m not surprise at all from this type of ugly behavior since S Sudan is completely governed by thieves!
    Thieves are so coward, as soon as US shows their teeth to them thieves will let the American guy go and they will apologize to them!
    Oil is still on halt and there is really nothing that thieves can steal for now but they chose the wrong target by capturing the American guy!

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    • 18 November 2012 09:31, by Dinkawarrior

      Welcome back Mr. Jalaby!
      Where were you been for so long? I hope you were under treatment for some kinds of hatred-disease against Southerners! Or you might have been to Mecca for some training, we wish you the best for your skills you gained from the Hamas officials. To President Kiir, please let Oil go to Khartoum to drink it. I heard terrorists are coming to blow themselves up here in Juba.

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      • 18 November 2012 11:50, by Northern Sudanese

        terrosists don’t go to crappy places like Juba, southerners are blowing themselves up already + south sudanese are so ugly that terrorists are too scared to go there lol

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        • 18 November 2012 13:01, by Nibs

          I know i should respect your opinion but i find that difficult because you’re a f*cking idiot.if you’re not some spoil street urchin then how can you called us ugly,we have produced world super models.is bershit handsome?then give him your mum!......

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          • 18 November 2012 13:18, by Nibs

            ......on a different note,your government is a government of lipservice.during israel bombing of your country a forthnight a go you were shouting threats of retalition as usually,not surprisingly though you complaint to unsc,is that not comic?!This is what Isaac Ben said(retired israeli air force general)"Even if it wasn’t us,there’s no demage in letting them think it was".LOL!

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            • 18 November 2012 22:51, by Northern Sudanese

              dude how do you think we can retaliate Israel at this moment? that complaint is meant to remove UN’s arms embargo from Sudan, explaining to UNSC that this arms embargo made our weapons and radars no match for first world nations like Israel which recieves billions from USA in arms, currently we can’t fight back Israel in any other way than supplying Hamas with weapons.

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          • 18 November 2012 22:47, by Northern Sudanese

            dude look at yourselves, those who put you on the newspapers and call you supermodels are making fun of you as if you are dogs, anyone who sees a south sudanese bitch on a newspaper will go ’’WTF’’, i mean come on what is so beautiful of a dark bitch with no hair? lol

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  • 18 November 2012 08:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Why should criminal matters be under security services? Police should been involved in this matter and not security agents. Security agents remind us of "Beit al Abyad of Jallaba Security Services!". Are we winding back the clock to copy Jallaba style of killing innocents?

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    • 18 November 2012 09:23, by Nibs

      Mcabe is a dangerous foreign national,all these foreign criminals are the one messing up south sudan,why would he kidnapped indian businessman?

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  • 18 November 2012 09:53, by marie

    These allegations are all fabrications. Why would an American travel to South Sudan to kidnap an Indian. If he is poor, he could just stay in US and still get a social assistance. I think our security guys are messing up with the wrong people. Jallaba has come back to South Sudan in a different form this time. God help us

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  • 18 November 2012 10:25, by Gabriel KK

    She is a liar, our police dont take money from prisoners. shame on her.

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    • 18 November 2012 12:50, by Northern Sudanese

      Gabriel KK
      no she’s not, 2 thirds of south sudanese in prison have been put in there without a trial, and south sudan is already known for being a lawless state

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      • 18 November 2012 21:33, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Mcabie have to be extridited to US if South Sudan had an extridition treaty with US coz our justice system is weak,our prisons are poor,management is corrupt.US will do it to our best there4 sparing us from humiliations.Dz man s still innocent until find guilty.

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        • 18 November 2012 21:47, by panom lualbil

          We are already been betrayed to the WORLDS by your leaders who are fucked in ass to be pregnant with TRIBALISM as ppl who are used by their FORMER ENEMIES or KHARTOUM to killed themselves. So what are you talking about son of gays parents?

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        • 19 November 2012 01:57, by Tiger

          Dinka Aliap Chawul!
          Mr.Mcabie can be extridites to the US or whatever Country he belong only if he have a warranted case,though he can be sentenced first in SS then thereafter extridite him to his home country to faces his case there,other than that SS can only deport him back to the US.

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  • 19 November 2012 17:11, by Khawaja

    ...you can’t throw a rock in Juba without hitting a corrupt official wanting bribes.

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