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Woman prisoner killed by rape attack in Lakes

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February 17, 2013 (RUMBEK) - A 28-year old woman, previously held in Rumbek Central Prison in South Sudan’s Lakes state, has died after a member of the state’s auxiliary force allegedly raped her.

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Inmates attend classes in Malakal Central Prison, 12 December 2012 (ST)

According to state authorities, the deceased, whose name has been withheld, was pronounced dead at Lake state’s civil hospital, with the post-mortem reportedly indicating she died from rape-related complications.

An official from the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), on Saturday, confirmed the incident, saying they had arrested a member of the police auxiliary force unit, now in detention in connection with the crime.

“We have captured [a] 30-year-old man and now he is under arrest waiting to face justice,” said the officer, who preferred to remain anonymous.

He said prior to her release this week the deceased had been in prison for the last six months, but did not divulge further details on why she was detained.

A nurse at the state referral hospital said, the 28-year-old had died as a result of injuries inflicted on her genital area after the alleged rape incident.

CASES OF TORTURE

Dozens of prisoners interviewed by Sudan Tribune complained of being tortured by authorities operating at the correctional facility, with up to nine cases reportedly recorded in recent weeks.

Lakes state deputy director for prisons William Marial Agok says a series of measures have been put in place to investigate all reported cases of torture against prisoners, while those implicated will face justice.

“We have taken administrative measures against those soldiers who torture prisoners. [They] were served with warning letters and administrative measures are being undertaken,” Agok said.

One prisoner allegedly received 25 lashes from a prison warden, after the latter accused him of having participated in a cattle raid that took place in neighbouring Warrap state.

“The warden has been given a written warning [letter] and has been transferred to another section within the same prison,” said the deputy director.

Rumbek Central Prison, initially constricted to accommodate about 300 inmates, currently houses over 1,000 people, arrested in connection with various crimes ranging from murder, theft, adultery and some minor cases.

Sudan Tribune has learned that most of those in detention have not been tried as they lack defence lawyers, in a country where the justice system remains highly flawed.

Last year, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, deplored the poor state of South Sudan’s prisons, characterised by overcrowding, poor hygiene and inhuman treatment of inmates. The report also raised serious questions about the country’s judicial systems, saying the majority of prisoners lacked legal representation in courts of law.

Lakes state’s new caretaker military governor - appointed in January to restore law and order to the state - has said that cattle raiding suspects will be held at secret prisons and not allowed access to their family, their own lawyers or human rights officials.

(ST)

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  • 18 February 2013 01:50, by dinkdong

    If she was a rape victim, why was held in prison?

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    • 18 February 2013 07:35, by Tong dut

      DINGDONG @
      Dinkas are like that,criminal women,criminal men can be found in dinka land.
      Looting,raping,and killing is done by Dinkas in this south sudan.
      The only way is punishiment from GOD,Start from Lake state upto Jonglei.

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  • 18 February 2013 02:13, by Samuel Malual

    She was a prisoner before she became a victim of rape. The raper is a member of South Sudanese Police force and last week in Wulu county of Lakes State, a teenager has died in the hand of SPLA forces station in Wulu county. So now my fellows South Sudanese, you understand that people who committed crimes in Lakes State are not their citizens, but criminal from neighboring State are responsible.

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  • 18 February 2013 02:21, by Samuel Malual

    The so-called government of Southern Sudan is talking about protecting civilians through SPLA, Security Agent and Police forces, while these forces are responsible for atrocities in South Sudan. Cats and snakes protects rat? what security can a cat provide to the rat? SPLA, Police and security forces in South Sudan are behaviouring like cats does to the rats.

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  • 18 February 2013 02:23, by Samuel Malual

    I mean can cat protect rat? And from who?

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  • 18 February 2013 04:02, by wang

    As usual, awful news in South will always be reporting from that Ghettos State Predominantly by Dinka thieves. Shame on them

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  • 18 February 2013 04:32, by master

    thanks god we got ride of these creatures

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  • 18 February 2013 05:09, by Tutbol

    Lake state & Jonglei state are always on news for all the bad reasons. These two states are becoming huge embrassments to S Sudan, shame.

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  • 18 February 2013 05:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The policemen should be held accountable for all crime rising in Rumbek county as well as the other part of Rumbek. Police are raping, road robbery and other crime than civilian

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    • 18 February 2013 05:42, by Nuer Empire

      Lake State is the biggest hell in South Sudan

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      • 18 February 2013 07:10, by Nuer Empire

        Rapes reports everyday in Lake State

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  • 18 February 2013 06:49, by wulu selector

    such bloody police deserves life imprisonment May Her soul R.I.P

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    • 18 February 2013 07:40, by Tong dut

      We are tired of those Dinkas,Let them just die or kill them selve.Let GOD sent fire on them or sickness.

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  • 18 February 2013 07:38, by Jojo

    Shame of the Police forces. Most of those acting like animals in handling human being are being brought through windows (relatives of top officers); the care governor is claiming to be tought let us watch what he will do. Imagine the rape of nine years old girl which also happened in the same State.
    For sure Lake State is FIASCO.

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  • 18 February 2013 11:12, by New Government

    what a poor director lash him only not dismissing him at all any don’t blame that is disadvantage of bring the cattle camp person to government without any training.

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  • 18 February 2013 15:44, by wulu selector

    am not a dinka but intellectually their situations were tribalism is not necessary we are talking about a dead woman here where on earth are this abusive words on dinkas coming from please you guys are abusing your education you are showing us were you come from that why they say its easy to bring some one to town from the village but to change the village ideology is very hard grow up fools!!!!!!

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  • 18 February 2013 19:19, by James Maker Akok

    Police most not use prisoners as for their sexual to have sex with prisoners.
    Prisoners most be treat according on their criminals but not to use them for sexual.

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