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E. Equatoria: two men jailed for importing counterfeit US dollars


By Ijoo Bosco

December 2, 2013 (TORIT) - Two men have been sentenced to five years’ in prison after they were found guilty of importing and trading in counterfeit US dollars in Eastern Equatoria’ Kapoeta South county.

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Fake US currency to the value of $74,000 was recently destroyed after being discovered in Eastern Equatoria (ST)

The men, one South Sudanese and one Ugandan, were caught with $74,400 dollars worth of fake bank notes at a hotel owned by a Kenyan national in Kapoeta South town on 27 November.

Juma Taramatir Makwzi and Joseph lagu Andruga were sentenced by the president of the Eastern Equatoria state’s high court, Abraham Majur Lat. The fake dollar notes were reportedly bought into South Sudan from Uganda and have since been publicly destroyed.

Eastern Equatoria state’s attorney and legal adviser, John Wani Ladu, said that members of South Sudan’s security services had arrested the men after they illegally crossed the border to avoid passing a customs checkpoint at Nimule.

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Members of the Eastern Equatoria state’s High Court. (ST)

Wani called on all “citizens in the state to be on alert and report any suspicious person roaming across the state counties”, adding that the importation and trade in counterfeit currency “is becoming a serious issues in the country”.

Security personnel who regularly patrol markets across the state have reported that many business owners in Eastern Equatoria are complaining about a recent rise in fake banknotes.

“Almost everybody in the market was talking about it and refused to come forward to report it to us (the authorities), for they feared that they would be arrested until we ourselves discovered it”, Wani said.


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  • 3 December 2013 08:29, by Mayom County Boy

    i know Equatorias are money lovers like dinka people
    they thought that they can get more then what they exported from market , otherwise goverment is clever than their usless export . i hope security is working well in the goverment of Republic of south sudan .

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    • 3 December 2013 08:58, by Joseph Canada

      you stupid billboard. what do you understand on this article?And if you have to know the truth, Yes Equatorian would rather get the money through the market by working hard rather than still it and hide under the cow dank! WE Equatorians love to work hard and earn what we work hard for. This Ugandan Equatorian Fake money collaborator must be half upper nile and half Equatorian. Shame on him.

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    • 3 December 2013 12:55, by mathem jech amer

      There is no need to arrest these poor people to get something to eat. In Juba Ministers and those so-called CIDs are involved in printing fake millions of dollars and nobody arresting them including SPLA generals. Go arround Bilpam, Rock City, Jebel Market, Hai Malakal and Melekia including and Kator you will find fake money dealers from government.

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  • 3 December 2013 10:12, by Gang-Bang

    This toothless suckkers called Mayom rushing with his shit comment about Equatorian. This article is nothing to do with Equatorian general okey. It is about criminal element. when will change your attitudes or mind of the cattle camp. You are nothing in comparison Equatorian.

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    • 3 December 2013 15:23, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      You ’re right, nobody is willing and ready to be compared with thugs and fake citizens of Equatoria and I should thank you for choosing your true title of being a GANG in our new nation.
      Fake-Equatorian Citizens who unexpectedly hails from Uganda after CPA.

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  • 3 December 2013 10:15, by Gang-Bang

    This toothless suckkers called Mayom rushing with his shit comment about Equatorian. This article is nothing to do with Equatorian in general okey. It is about criminal element. when will change your attitudes or mind of the cattle camp. You are nothing in comparison with any Equatorian.

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