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January 28, 2014 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudan’s government says it has completed investigating the 11 senior members of the country’s ruling party, held since mid-December last year, on accusations of aiding an alleged coup attempt.

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South Sudan SPLA soldiers stand in a vehicle in Juba December 20, 2013 (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

"The minister of justice has completed the investigation of the detainees and will this afternoon submit the report to the president for consideration," information Michael Makuei Lueth said in a statement broadcast by state-owned SSTV on Monday.

"The issue of these detainees has been a very big headache to us in the government", he added, without elaborating on the content of the reports.

The status of the 11 political detainees has been one of the main issues that have delayed peace talks between the South Sudanese government of Salva Kiir and rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Despite mounting international pressure and the fact that their detention is in violation of South Sudan’s transitional constitution, Juba has resolutely refused to release the politicians, many of whom were sacked in July last year and had become increasingly critical of Kiir’s leadership.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach the minister of justice or the office of the president despite several attempts to ask for comment on Monday.

All of those arrested, as well as those who have rebelled against the government, deny any coup attempt was planned or attempted on the evening of December 15 when fighting broke out between members of the Presidential Guard.

Following two days of severe fighting in the capital, commanders of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) defected in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

In six weeks of conflict over half a million people have been displaced. Estimates on how many people have been killed vary from 1,000, given by the UN some weeks ago, and the figure of 10,000 estimated by the International Crisis Group - a research organisation.

Before a ceasefire deal was eventually signed on 23 January, Sudan analyst Aly Verjee wrote in relation to the issue of the detainees that there was a danger "that too much of the mediators’ political capital is expended on a goal that is only a means to further negotiations, rather than an end in itself, and work towards a lasting settlement remains a lesser priority."

The detainees themselves told mediators from the East African regional bloc IGAD that their freedom should not stand in the way of a deal to end the fighting. Despite these assurance the rebels continued to demand their release as a precondition to signing a cessation of hostilities agreement up until the deal was eventually signed four days ago.

Initially there were 13 detainees, but Peter Adwok Nyaba and Deng Deng Akoon were released.

Those still is custody are: Deng Alor, former minister of cabinet affairs, Pagan Amum, former SPLM secretary general, Cirino Iteng, former minister of culture, Madut Biar Yel, former minister for telecommunication and postal services, Oyai Deng Ajak, former minister for national security in the office of the president, Majak D’ Agoot, former deputy minister of defence, Chol Tong Magay, former governor of Lakes state Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lul, former ambassador to the United States, John Luk Jok, former justice minister, Kosti Manibe, former minister of finance, and Gier Chuang Aluong, former minister of roads and bridges.

DETAINEES TO FACE THE LAW

The legal adviser to President Kiir has hinted on the possible release of the political detainees, which he said, would be in accordance with the country’s constitution.

“The recent agreement on cessation of hostilities was aimed at determining the position of the accused persons, but not to release them,” Telar Riing Deng told reporters in Khartoum after he delivered a message president Kiir to his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

“Anyone who commits a crime shall be punished according to the law”, he said, while reiterating the government’s commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Thursday.

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  • 28 January 05:46, by omoni jr.

    From the first place detainees were arrested illegally by murderer salva kiir. just release them because there nothing you investigate from them.

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    • 28 January 05:53, by omoni jr.

      The young and the brutal dictator sent the messange to whole world that he is going to rule this country with iron-fist,and on top of that he has eliminate all Nuer tribe which regime see it as "a big threats" to its kingdom.The genocide that was implemented seccessfully in juba was longed planned by murdere salva kiir and his gangs.

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      • 28 January 05:58, by omoni jr.

        Salva kiir is Not:
        1-politically skilled-tactician.
        2-have a good qualities of leadership.
        3-FIT to be even chairperson village

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        • 28 January 07:32, by Snipper

          Just got a message from an informed source that two of detainees will be hanged. The investigation that was clouded yesterday found these two to have actually been the centre planners and executors at the same. The investigation also suggested that Riek Machar must have been misled to commit atrocities against the people. Five of the detainees have also been rumored to sentences!

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      • 28 January 06:16, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

        Fyi, President Kiir has done nothing wrong to your chicken-hearted Naath but it is you with your animalism mind who have foolishly eliminated yourselves from the Democratic Government of President Salva Kiir who has been busy all this long trying to buy peace by accepting to integrates your fake and shameful ranks in the national army simply because he don’t want any instability in the country.

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        • 28 January 06:23, by omoni jr.

          Awiel Role or whatever you called it.
          what is National army to you? Does Dinka alone formed national army? You are not eduvated and learned as well, due to the facts that you do not know what you are talking about. Just talk what one Dinka said last week,he said that he knows salva kiir is wrong but he defends Dinka interest. HAHAHAHAHA, ThIS COUNTRY will never go ahead,somalia will be better.

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          • 28 January 07:32, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

            Oh it is so embarrassing and worthless to talk about education @Omoni. Look at your dirty and chopped english below;
            "JUST TALK WHAT ONE DINKA SAID LAST WEEK" you shamelessly accussed me with your poor constructed English that am not educated, Is that how Nuer claims to be educated?
            You Nuer have no difference with sheep at all, you are the most birdbrained tribe in our beautiful country.

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            • 28 January 10:13, by omoni jr.

              Mr. Awiel Role model
              missing one or two words in sentence is Not a big problem, but yours ENGLISH is stink brother. smell bad in another language.
              By the way am Not from Nuer. am from civilize community that you always consideered THEM like New-YORKERS.

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      • 28 January 06:24, by choldit

        Is it not shame that our ss pple read reports of killing in Juba on foreign websites (www.chimpreports.com) and nothing mention in our leading websites? like the gang rape and killing of 67 yrs old Nuer lady Nyachuol Gatluak last night in Juba by Dinka soldiers. Nyachuol came out of UNMISS and went to her home to collect her sponge where she met her Dinka killers. But Philip Aquer can’t tell true.

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    • 28 January 06:51, by Tong dut

      Too late after the death of thousand people, what are we going to do?
      TO REMOVE THE PRESIDENT OUT.

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      • 29 January 06:01, by Bentiu son

        ’’The recent agreement on cessation of hostilities was aimed at determining the position of the accused persons, but not to release them,” Telar Riing Deng told reporters in Khartoum.Dinka Nuer from Atuot clan should stop lying that he is legal lawyer while he had got fake BSC degree from field of Sociology.What a shame Tellar Ring, Don’t u feel shame of misleading the public of being legal advise

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    • 28 January 07:08, by Deng II

      Omoni JRs
      Now the pain of powerless and shameless become manufactured itself in to your asshole as cervical hemorrhoid cancer. So you left with an irreversible emotion turn hypertension in your bloodstream. Your hatred to Dinka will let u hang yourself. Good luck Woman.

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      • 28 January 10:18, by omoni jr.

        Death 2 or deng shit.
        moron, stop using using abusing language motherfucker.
        If your mother did not teach you manners, then i will fucking teaching you here, on this dirty website. Do not provoke me for nothing you dirty asshole nigga, you are so ugly monkey ,you Dinka can compare youreslves and we Equatorians. fuck you monkey.

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    • 31 January 16:37, by Tutbol

      Omoni Jr,
      On the other side, you have made our peoples a laughingstocks for so long that that even the fools in South Africa & Apartheid criminals we worship in as friends in our modern Israel. Many Israelis are just more evil like their Europeans who killed during the WW2. The current juus are any different from the evils in Europe & the US that is now killing our peoples...

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      • 31 January 16:44, by Tutbol

        but take care of our US, UK, Juus and our Northern Sudan friends, they are pure evil peoples. The US have telling our people that it is our friend, when it is an evil country? Our country needs to get rid of this evil empire in our country. It is has shown it teeth to our people. The War that is being now in our country is the US-Europeans war against our peoples.

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  • 28 January 05:52, by Wicdail

    Kirr and hih thugs prended to be in a government who represent every citizens. While in real sens, they are known as a rotten to the core individuals. Release those detainees if you want to save your rotten ass from being burn with ballets.

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    • 28 January 06:13, by Tut Tut

      Dummy Information nonsense Lueth,there is nothing to investigate than covering crimes and crimes against humanity as was the case of innocent Nuer civilians you massacred in Juba.But it makes no different whether these detainees are released by your tribal government,you are still hold to account.What a mess you caused our nation to the point that some experts think that SS be under UN control

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      • 28 January 06:34, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

        Hahaha Tut!
        Forget about those old songs that ’re sang by your Western Allies about sanction or handing over of our dear country to these opportunist thugs so called UN which was fueled by your American husbands, have you really heard our voice?
        We have boycotted their ill intention against Democratic elected president that we will show them our true colour as Mighty Dinka Tribe in South Sudan.

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        • 28 January 06:58, by michael coma

          Release them all and remove their passports.What they will do after released will be medication first for them rather than supporting Riek again.All are our brothers.

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          • 28 January 07:12, by Deng II

            Michael Coma
            I agreed with you. The coup was manufactured by corrupts President. This was political differences.

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      • 28 January 07:05, by jubaone

        Tut Tut,
        Dont worry, Kiir will not prosecute or even sentence the 11 politicians. He has not done it with the 75 most corrupt politicians, he has not sentenced those jenge soldiers that murdered 6 Equatorian officers in Yambio around 2006, he has done nothing on the Komiru incidence in Juba and — and—Let him hang them and you see what happens.

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        • 28 January 07:55, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

          Juba-Fool,
          Nuer have foolishly rushed to unachieveable and senseless war which is not supported or liked by the majority of Dinka, it was co-incidence that our BROTHERs NAATh have wagged this useless war with government unexpectedly but we Dinka knows and awared of our true enemies in South Sudan and majority of us are waiting for that particular occasion with you coward Equatorians (Nyamnyam).

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        • 28 January 09:41, by michael coma

          Juba mor mur.
          This is not time for raising complains.We need solution for the current situation.Government is not for Dinka as you put it.Fighting will be divided according to level of govt from number one to two.

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  • 28 January 07:15, by Juma El-Saidi.

    The truth is now revealing itself that the political detainees were too much enganged in the coup attempt, but the government has pardon them to be released. they should not attempt again to do such un indevelopment of our new nation in the world.

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  • 28 January 08:22, by Agutthon

    Hang some and imprison some for life. That is what they deserve.

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    • 28 January 15:54, by Konkooc

      those stupid foodician who want to die on seat need no respect from those innocent South Sudanese who died because of their self interest. all those 11 detainees looted the money buy houses in abroad and their children are now safe there while the children of innocent South Sudanese paid the cost of their greediness. those 11 people need to be killed five time including devil machar

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  • 28 January 17:07, by Positive Thinker

    The tribal sentiments expressed here, by guys calling themselves Dinka, Nuer or Equatorians are there own personal views and not the views of their tribes. Who choose any to be the spokespersons of the said tribe. We are all South Sudanese and we should be proud to be South Sudanese. Shame on you fools who thought tribes will help you.

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  • 28 January 18:46, by Bauer

    People who don’t understand politics will never understand what Salva Kiir is doing.The man lost majority support from the party & started the blame game.First to Kosti & his Co accused then he removed Riek just to paint a bad image abt them.If you love SS, be objective, listen to the issues raised by Riek then u can take sides.Don’t be fooled by ur tribe but rather hv SS at heart first then tribe

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  • 28 January 22:50, by Bauer

    To the comment by the latter, it seems to me your much more of a dumb ass than me or rather your an ideological liability to the rest of the South Sudanese.You are so much rooted into tribalism.Machar killed people long in 91 and he made a public apology and that chapter was closed.The current issue is abt party chairmanship which your illiterate president does not want to lose .....continued

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  • 28 January 22:59, by Bauer

    ..in the name of dinkanism & your vage born to rule ideologies.People like you who are knowledge insufficient are the ones who insight tribalism everywhere you go.For ur info am neither nuer nor a dinka.I am very objective when it comes to national issues.Remove that porridge you have in your head & replace it with brains, be an intellect, look at the future not the present.Avoid using bad languag

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