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S. Sudan welcomes release of 800 prisoners from Sudan

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February 19, 2013 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese official on Tuesday said the young nation welcomes Sudan’s decision to release 800 of its prisoners, describing it as a “good gesture”.

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Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Reuters)

“Sudan accepted to release all prisoners. We received five prisoners on Monday. I think they may be part of the group. This is a good gesture from Sudan and we welcomed it”, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the country’s information minister, told a media briefing in the capital, Juba.

On 11 February, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) released five South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers in Nyala, whom they allegedly arrested in Kafan Dibi, South Darfur state.

Marial said the interior and humanitarian affairs ministries, in collaboration with international organisations, were making the necessary arrangements to receive the prisoners.

He did not specify whether those being released are prisoners of war or ordinary citizens previously held in various detention centres in Sudan.

However, officials at South Sudan’s immigration department say most of those released by Sudanese authorities were women detained after they were caught selling locally brewed alcohol to make ends meet. Under the Sudan’s Islamic laws, brewing or selling alcohol is prohibited.

Marial also maintained it was the first time Sudan was releasing such a large number of South Sudanese prisoners since a peace agreement signed in 2005.

“It has never released such a number even when we release[d] prisoners of war during the war. We have never received [this many prisoners] until the peace [deal] was signed”, he said.

South Sudan fought its northern neighbour during over two decades of bloody civil war, which ended after the signing of the 2005 peace deal brokered in Naivasha, Kenya.

In July 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan after its population overwhelmingly chose separation in a self-determination vote.

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  • 20 February 2013 23:12, by Nuer Empire

    Ahahahaha 800 women caught brewing and selling their alcohol to boost their life! What a shame called women as prisoner of war (POWs)! They couldn’t face real men in the battle fields.
    The Nure Empire

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  • 21 February 2013 01:12, by manyang mawech

    Good for Dinka dominate/ Magoor because his mom and sisters were released by Bashir .. he maybe a normal citizen after.. HE CAN THANK Bashir for job well done. a hopeless poor man could be changed for this gesture. Behave yourself poor..boy.

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  • 21 February 2013 03:23, by manyang mawech

    Born to rule,
    I did not insult any one than I stated the facts ,..Magoor/Dinka M. mom is on those prisoners … it is real talk..I did not say those were Dinkas al right if i did so, then u maybe right for advice.

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  • 21 February 2013 04:52, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan,
    North Sudan, civilians you put in prison who are staying with you and you said they are South Sudan POW. This is very shameful on you North Sudan. How make civilians who were staying with you to be the POWs of South Sudan?
    Is better to tell them go to your country South Sudan as civilians.

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  • 21 February 2013 05:33, by master

    we have southerns mental disorder roaming khartoum streets i hope to be deport to their paradise south sudan very soon

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    • 21 February 2013 06:21, by James Maker Akok

      We don’t denying them let them come to South Sudan they are our Southerns Sudanese civilians Citizens.

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    • 21 February 2013 07:15, by Turism

      Master, you guys tell the truths and the truths will set you free, how can you say those working on the streets of khartuom are southerners? do you really know the nature of south sudanese people? they are all northern on the streets of khartuom. shame.............on guys, go hell.

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  • 21 February 2013 06:57, by wang

    Khartoum had and will never have a good gesture toward Juba. All the prisons in North are all full with opposition’s parties which are against the NCP. All Darfur youth and political actives, ordinary Nubians and their youth are all in jail. They released those poor women which they claiming were caught while selling prohibits hard liquids at public areas because they have no rooms to keep them in

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  • 21 February 2013 06:59, by wang

    They released those poor women which they claiming were caught while selling prohibits hard liquids at public areas because they have no rooms to keep them in and no money to build more prisons. In facts we don’t even know when those women were arrested, some of them would probably were born in Khartoum. That is deportation, not a prisoners released.

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  • 21 February 2013 07:02, by Turism

    what a huge number of prisoners being detained from khartoum govt.

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  • 21 February 2013 07:14, by New Government

    Bashir should be a shame of himself, how do you collect people from street and called them POW. there is no war fought since signing CPA such that number should be captured or detained.

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  • 21 February 2013 07:19, by J P Puok

    sincerily speaking, the said number is dubious and flawed, Khartoum will never released those ’mobile factories’ the south sudanese women they depend on very much for improving their economy by fining them heavy when cuaght selling alcohol to make both ends meets. since war time khartoum doesn’t know the norms war engargement they believe on summary executing the POWS God is the witness

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  • 21 February 2013 08:10, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Master, is that the only easy way you N-s think that you should built relationship with South? That’s the wrong move. Please try another channel. 800 POW? unbelievable, who knows if these people are from your opposition parties? We the South Sudan needs the clear prove that showed where they were captured and on which War because we know time that the CPA was Signed and you know damn well that-

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  • 21 February 2013 08:34, by Northern Sudanese

    poor asylum seekers in US and Australia will never swallow that fact, even their information minister said it, what do we need to prove? lol dumb urine drinkers :D

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  • 21 February 2013 08:39, by cbuongdit cholkua

    how many prisoners from u we released during the CPA. So we still waiting on you to satisfy us of how, when, and where they were captured or why it takes you so long to release ours if that is right?. When the Cheater is always a cheater,you the N-Sudanese are good for nothing but good at fabricating liars. Well, that still not going to pieces us back togather we already diminished from your sight

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  • 21 February 2013 08:55, by cbuongdit cholkua

    And we don’t deny the fact they are southerners, it just for some reasons that, this is how you always fooled the world with your bult-up liar country. We need our people to back home. We are so full of you and we don’t really care that, if these people are from Nuba Mountain, Blue-nile or Dar-fur, we highly welcome them. Just bring them to their beautiful country S.S. We appreciate your unexcepta

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  • 21 February 2013 08:57, by Dotbaguac

    Women detained after selling local brew: Could this be reality or, are sent to work as spy for Sudan govt. Take care when receiving such large population, we don’t trust those associated with Arabs.
    Why were they not released since 2005 when the CPA was signed, judge carefully, our enemies can work in various ways to undermine us.Why were they not deported by the IOM before independent?

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  • 21 February 2013 09:11, by cbuongdit cholkua

    unexceptable liars. Really country can released really prisoner we last time, they were all men not including any women. Some were even refused to come you because we them in a distant manner; and Where have you guys release for us, none Zero. I wish there is any way to switch around the borders, we would share ours with Israel and not with crook country like yours

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  • 21 February 2013 09:25, by cbuongdit cholkua

    North Sudanese, I called that jealousy because you have no way to be granted that Asylum for the fact you are trapped in a TERRORIST CAMP somewhere in Sudan

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    • 21 February 2013 19:25, by Northern Sudanese

      cbuongdit cholkua
      no sudanese man should ever waste his time here with an illiterate inbred whore which is used to licking cow asses and shower under its urine, sorry dude, you see the difference between you and me is very big, you aren’t worth my time :D

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