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FBI to investigate killing of S. Sudanese political commentator


December 15, 2012 (JUBA) - United States has asked South Sudan to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) assist in probing the recent killing of Isaiah Abraham, a renowned South Sudanese political commentator.

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South Sudanese political commentator, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen in front of his house in Juba, early on the morning of Wednesday 5 December 2012 (Photo: Hayat)

Princeton Lyman, the US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan said the decision to involve FBI followed a meeting that took place between South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and Susan Page, the US ambassador to South Sudan.

“Ambassador Page [Susan] has offered to the President the assistance of the FBI in the investigation of the assassination of Isaiah Abraham and the president has accepted that,” Lyman told journalists Friday in the South Sudan capital.

“We hope that the investigation of that terrible tragedy will send a signal to all those who would violate the basic human rights here in South Sudan and lead to accountable for any of those responsible,” he added.

Established in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation, FBI is a US governmental agency belonging to the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency (counterintelligence).

A local blogger and well-known political commentator, Abraham, whose real names were Diing Chan Awol, was killed outside his home in Gudele, located west of the South Sudan capital by unknown gunmen.

Close family member say the deceased, on several occasions, received numerous threats, mostly warning him against his writings.

Recent intimidations and killings of journalists, the US special envoy said, undermine the democratic principles, which the young nation struggled to achieve for years.

Last week, President Kiir ordered full investigations into the death of Abraham, while the South Sudan’s national security service this week announced a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of his assailants.


The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the killing, urging authorities to institute thorough investigations and bring those responsible to justice.

On Tuesday, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also expressed concerns on the number of attacks on human rights defenders,, recent killing of a journalist and civilians in South Sudan.

Rupert Colville, an official from the OHCHR, said of the Office of the High Commissioner welcome the fact that President Kiir ordered the security services to conduct a “thorough investigation,” into the murder of Abraham.

The UN, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, further expressed concerns on attacks and intimidations directed at human right
activists in recent months, citing the recent kidnapping and beating of a member of South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA).

In October, Ring Bulabuk, a lawyer representing members of the alliance was allegedly kidnapped and tortured by “armed” men, with the incident said to be linked to their anti corruption advocacy.


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  • 16 December 2012 08:41, by omoni jr.

    I like it, FBI need involve in this case because the murderers are sponsored by SPLM government.

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    • 16 December 2012 10:21, by Paul

      The idea is tempting because as freedom loving individual, I would be pleased if those who killed Isaiah Abraham were caught,however, allowing FBI of a foreign country to investigate the matter is a breach to South Sudan NATIONAL SECURITY. Are there intelligent people in this government still?

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      • 16 December 2012 11:23, by viper

        Exactly Paul, this is a great slap to the face of Akol Kour, Oyai Deng, the entire members of the failure special branch. Appointments of the NS directors was wrong in the beginning because these pple were not known to our SPLA intelligent networks. They were just runners of the Boss and that is why they failed

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        • 16 December 2012 12:18, by viper

          Iam sure the FBI investigation will first start from the president by putting him first in a lie detector test so that they know whether he knows any thing about the death of this great commentator. That test will be a great humiliation to the president and the country. This involvement of FBI is a big mistake and an indication of our failure

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          • 16 December 2012 14:16, by Peacocktail

            Viper! Not alone FBI, even US Marine must be fully participating in South Sudan internal affairs because the Governing system had failed.Do not blames Ambassador Page for inviting her Country Security agent to work in South Sudan. She be face the same case or any one among those big boys can falls in Abraham Isiaha shoe.National Security became failed security for the state, Only SPLA is functiona

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            • 16 December 2012 17:07, by Mi diit

              Ahahahaaaaa. So president Kiir has allowed the American FBI to investigate the assassination of Isaiah Abraham. Good and bad. It is bad news because it has confirmed that our country is crawling and at the verge of a failed state. Good because the American will bring their lie detectors and can tell who is lying among the perpetrators of the murder.

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    • 16 December 2012 18:05, by Baring

      President Kiir.
      How do you feel when other country will come and coduct investigation in your country? Is that a weakness on your side or a luck of knowledge of being a leader. you are druging us down every country is laughing on us with your backward leadership and triblesit.

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    • 16 December 2012 20:32, by Baring

      Mr. Kiir
      If you cant able to lead South Sudan, please let other capable person take over insteat of failing us everytime and making us look weak infront of the whold world. You dont have capable personnal to conduct investigation. if you let FBI did that, it gonna affect the party in the next election. mark my word....

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    • 16 December 2012 20:32, by Baring

      Mr. Kiir
      If you cant able to lead South Sudan, please let other capable person take over insteat of failing us everytime and making us look weak infront of the whold world. You dont have capable personnal to conduct investigation. if you let FBI did that, it gonna affect the party in the next election. mark my word....

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    • 17 December 2012 12:49, by Lang

      South Sudan government should be embarrassed that a foreign bureau comes to this country to investigate a death of a citizen. That is a failure.

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  • 16 December 2012 08:47, by manyang mawech

    This move will help a lot …and u know what ..the cowboy would be in trouble if they will allow FBI to take the case on their hands than fake criminals in Juba. I support US for that..Magoor/Dinka. M. will be caught very soon. I love it.

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  • 16 December 2012 08:48, by Oduko

    This the most weak idea of any governmant in this planet to allow other country investigating its own criminals, it will not only prove that south sudan in NOT able to govern itself but will bring shame to africa as whole! was he American? if not why FBI?? That why am calling for reunited Sudan before more Shame coming to Africa. DINKAS are the most failled humens in men’s kind history. KIIR"s wea

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  • 16 December 2012 08:55, by Oduko

    Uneducated president leading uneducating country and uneducated army what a furture anyone can pools yours! Do you really thing South will be state? not really, there are like children with no mum and also teenagers who start drinking with no idea how they will end up.. you gys will miss your mum Sudan.

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  • 16 December 2012 08:56, by master

    SPLM shall not allow such act to happen
    lol lol

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  • 16 December 2012 08:57, by Kang

    I agreed that U.S. Federal Bureau Intelligence must involve to investigate self-services government of Salva Kiir Mayardit about Isaiah Abraham death plus $4 billion that end up in Kiir’s family and his community members pockets. Otherwise ICC investigation team will be in Juba to witness the process of investigation.

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    • 16 December 2012 21:24, by Nyakuzuny

      yea brother FBI they coming to Investigate Kiir for what was happened and mudered will still continous here in south ,I don,t know why Mr. Banydit allow these America intellegence for investigation , I believe Mr. Banydit will not take longer to be Pesident in South Sudan. and now America are believe that ; Election is very near they will take Kiir to ICC.

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  • 16 December 2012 09:24, by Jalaby

    What a shameful news?! any independent country, any sovereign nation will never ever allow other foreign country to put its nose in such purely internal issue unless that country has no dignity at all!
    I think the south is in a big trouble now because if they say no then US which is the main reason for the south Sudan to see the light as an independent country after they offered

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    • 16 December 2012 10:31, by Jalaby

      full support to them and put Arab/Jalaba in a terror list and launched an economical war against them till Arab/Jalaba agreed to let the bad guys go, if the south said "No" then America will cut off all types of support to them especially the economic one and the thieves can’t afford any type of economic sanction and will make them weak and vulnerable to Arab/Jalaba greediness!

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      • 16 December 2012 10:38, by Jalaby

        In the other hand,if agreed to let them investigate then for sure this will lead to SPLA/M thieves who embezzled the $4bn before and controlling everything in the south now
        This will open the hell door for thieves and for sure Americans will ask more investigations in different areas!
        I think thieves are in big real trouble now and scratching their heads wondering what to do?

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        • 16 December 2012 14:48, by Aaban

          ?? ???? ??? ??? (di šerka binte kalb)

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        • 17 December 2012 00:34, by mohamed mahgoub

          So what u think when our govnt called the Iranian navy ships to rush to port Sudan after the Israeli attack ,what u called it co- operation bet. evil terrorists!

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      • 16 December 2012 14:50, by Aaban

        ?? ???? ??? ??? (di šerka binte kalb)

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      • 16 December 2012 14:54, by Aaban

        You are still airhead idiot what are you putting your wicked mouth into south Sudan affairs or are you one of them? I’m not wonder why the FBI is not investigating the crimes you coward Ja’alin committed in our region? Be ause they know you as murderers,?? ???? ??? ??? (di šerka binte kalb)

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  • 16 December 2012 09:36, by Murle agent

    Well, this move by (FBI) is actually indicating to people of south Sudan, that the so called president salva kiir, is a pure hypocrite primitive and weak illitrate. He’s not capable to handle or address all the problems that south Sudan is experiencing right now. Plus kiir himself is a master mind to all the atrocities happening to people of south Sudan. Deaths to him naive cowboy!!

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  • 16 December 2012 09:52, by master

    Mr / Kiir
    i love you & your wisdom
    your primative people don’t know what you doing for this country
    go ahead & keep your path
    SS will be paradise within 6 month
    God help you

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  • 16 December 2012 09:57, by Peter Marko

    What? How could Kiir allow this Bitch called Susan Page to get her dirty pussy in our affairs. Yesterday, she demanded that American citizens who was arrested for attempt kidnap to be release without due process, n our government comply. Today, she asked for FBI involvement, n kiir complied. what else she might asked for 2mrw. God have mercy on US.

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    • 18 December 2012 10:41, by Mangoor

      Peter marko, this discussion board is meant for civil debate. there is no point of u getting dirty n insult the private part of a woman. She is only offering help to a vulnerable nation where murderers get away with the most serious crime on earth. The help she asked from FBI may prevent future criminals who r out to kill u and your brother next. what’s wrong with that?

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  • 16 December 2012 10:14, by Nibs

    hey.brainless idiot,why don’t you mind your business.you are too nosy.FBI is involves in many countries not only south sudan.it good news anyways.

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    • 16 December 2012 10:25, by master

      i know you love americans more than south sudanese & if americans fuck you in your ass you will be glad
      even you may boasting that the white man fucked you

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      • 16 December 2012 15:11, by Nibs

        Gays are from your country.president bashit is a perfect example.i know you’re a prominent emerging gay partner of an Iranian, all you need to do is shut your rotten smelly anus when straight people talk. It will not be long for your gay,childless president to announce ’gayism’ in your country.he will fuck all members of canbinet,he’ll not spare your tiny rotten asshole either.

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  • 16 December 2012 10:27, by jienge

    Hahahaha, Peter Marko, you did not see this coming! Do not worry they will start with big fish(your uncle) first and your trail will be by local SS people. And don’t dare to run away from the country because this woman you are insulting got long hand and you will brought back in a second. You keep butchering people day in, day out. Useless subhuman will long teeth! Hahahahahaha!

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    • 16 December 2012 14:26, by Peacocktail

      We have no problem with whoever is investigating crime including Stolen Money( Massive corruption)Many Leaders refuse or threat investigator to death if they attempt to temper with their properties. Now FBI had nose in our affairs, not limited to corruption, Marked it many will start leaving South Sudan or start going to the villagers for protection.instead of Juba and being caught redhand

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  • 16 December 2012 14:17, by AbuDeng

    As one who knows their methodology, I wonder what the FBI can bring to this case, with the language, cultural and institutional barriers. A good gesture yet one wonders about any benefits coming out - unless they have Southerners on their coming staff.
    I imagine one investigator from say Baltimore, knocking on a tukul in the area to speak to someone! It will be a challenge....let’s see.

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    • 16 December 2012 17:16, by Mi diit

      You are underestimating the FBI. They don’t have any problem with language or cultural barriers. They will even penetrate the intelligence service inside South Sudan and get very reliable information from within. Their expertise is so amazing in this area. The problem is that they will want to know more than the killing of Isaiah Abraham and the big fish will have a reason to worry.

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