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S. Sudan court dismisses case against detained US citizen

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December 8, 2012 (JUBA) - The High Court in South Sudan, on Friday, dropped a case in which Elton McCabe, an American citizen and his business counterpart, were being detained on allegation of attempted kidnap.

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Elton McCabe

McCabe and Mohamed Oglah, an Iraqi national, were in October arrested by security agents, who accused the duo of allegedly plotting to kidnap an Indian businessperson, and reportedly demanded a $5 million ransom.

The two run a construction consultancy firm in Juba, the South Sudan capital.

The Juba-based US embassy, in a 14 October letter, condemned the arrest, urging South Sudanese authorities to ensure its citizen get fair trial in the court.

Agok Makur, the lawyer who represented the two men told journalists on Friday that his clients were released following a letter from the country’s Justice Ministry.

“The Ministry of Justice wrote a letter to the judge asking him to stop the court process of this case and withdraw it from the court,” Makur said, adding that the ministerial order was in line with article 25 of the criminal procedure laws.

“By this letter, the judge declared that the two people can be released”, said the defense lawyer.

Sources familiar with the case, however, told Sudan Tribune the two men were released after the state failed to provide enough evidence top in them.

“There were lots of contradictions in this case. It was all clear from the beginning that such a case would not survive the test of time,” said John Mogga, a law student, who attended Friday’s court session.

Meanwhile, McCabe, upon his release, said he was relieved and happy that justice had finally prevailed.

“I am relieved after 55 days. Long, long journey is finally over. We are free, the case was thrown out and we are very, very happy. The justice was served, we prevailed, and I am very, happy”, he told journalists outside the court premises.

Neither government nor the US embassy in Juba has issued a public statement on the release of the two men, held in detention for over two months.

(ST)

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  • 9 December 2012 07:11, by Dinkawarrior

    South Sudan is on sale!
    To the World’s Smarters and largest Criminals, we are selling our dumbasses criminals to you. If you’re out there, we would like you to join us and we will work together in order to get the hell out on our necks. The so called Dr. Cowboy and Dr. Holocaust are now becoming our problems instead of them to be a solution. We sick and tied of them, please join us.

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  • 9 December 2012 07:28, by Jalaby

    To detained US citizen & others,
    Who brought you to this jungle in the first place? the south is the state of outlaw where innocent people can be killed during the daylight without knowing who killed them and why?
    Just get your ass out of this jungle ASAP before the big bang occurs, many observers believe it could happen at any time!

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    • 9 December 2012 08:01, by George Bol

      Jallaby
      http://www.southsudanhub.com/media /204/British_and_Italian_war_graves_desecrated_in_Libya/

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    • 9 December 2012 10:42, by Ruach

      List of world ’s failed States: Syria,Somalia,Republic of Sudan,Libya,Mali,Yemen,Afganstan,Iraq,Iran,Palestine,but not a State,Egypt.Pakistan. Saudi Arabia.....
      List of top 5 terrorist States:1 Afganstan 2 Sudan 3Somalia 4 Iraq 5 Iran + Hamas(Palestine)

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      • 9 December 2012 17:45, by Northern Sudanese

        Ruach
        if you believe in that list then you must be the most foolish person on earth, even south sudan who couldn’t feed more than half its people isn’t on the list, how much foolish can that be?

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    • 9 December 2012 10:45, by Ruach

      List of world ’s failed States: Syria,Somalia,Republic of Sudan,Libya,Mali,Yemen,Afganstan,Iraq,Iran,Palestine,but not a State,Egypt.Pakistan. Saudi Arabia.....
      List of top 5 terrorist States:1 Afganstan 2 Sudan 3Somalia 4 Iraq 5 Iran + Hamas(Palestine)

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    • 9 December 2012 11:08, by Nyakuzuny

      hey ya Jalaby how many people was Lost in Khartoum Day and night , the most people they are important, no body ask those people ,because u have only shaire-Law there is no any other law, and Shaire-law will thanks u if u kill the important peoples

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    • 9 December 2012 16:17, by master

      the desition of the court not because there is fair justic system of dinka in ss but because the fear USA govermeant

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  • 9 December 2012 10:20, by master

    why there no death news today in south sudan !!?

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    • 9 December 2012 10:44, by Ruach

      It is your wish,but South Sudan is not among the failed and terrorist States!

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      • 9 December 2012 12:03, by master

        Ruoch
        you are not account as state
        it’s just a land without pp ,low & so on
        if u have option where u will put ss ?
        Hahaaaa
        it is bush for animals

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    • 9 December 2012 15:53, by bianaathling

      Mater,you cannot ask that question.Remember we have been crying recently about the death of our late brother Ding and you are now demanding another person to died?there is no death because God heard our prayers for the crimes we are committing.I hope i have answered you.

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      • 9 December 2012 16:04, by master

        the killing became habit in ss
        you can’t life in peace & harmony because your main culture is violence & hatrate
        if there no foe u will be in row with your shade

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        • 9 December 2012 18:08, by Ruach

          Mashit! Listen,Sudan will never be relieved from terrorist lists unless they quit from Iran.List of terrorist states.Sudan,Somalia,Egypt,Syria,Iraq,Afganstan, Labonon,Yemen,Palestine, Saudi Arabia,Libya....All the mentioned states have completely failed and be sanctioned forever! They will never see peace unless christianity is infested into their minds!They should accept Jesus to be free from sin

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          • 9 December 2012 18:51, by master

            Ruach
            hahaaaaaaaaa
            Jesus !!
            Who fool u r
            white man cheated u here & when u doom u will be regret because u blind follow him
            i wish both of ( white& black man )meet the same doom
            poor mind

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