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S. Sudan envoy says Machar, two others to be tried for treason


February 3, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s envoy to Uganda on Monday said its former vice-president Riek Machar and two of his close accomplices are to be tried for treason in accordance with the country’s existing laws.

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South Sudan’s ambassador to Uganda Samuel Luate speaks to reporters in Kampala February 3, 2014 (Photo: Moses Lomayat)

Samuel Luate told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala that Machar, ex-Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai and former environment minister Alfred Ladu Gore attempted to overthrow the government by use of arms.

“(..) Dr. Riek Machar and other two, Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Ladu Gore will be charged for treason as per the laws of the Republic of South Sudan. They were attempting to overthrow the Government by the use of arms,” he said.

Last week, South Sudan’s justice ministry slapped treason charges against seven of the country’s 11 political prisoners held in connection with an alleged foiled coup attempt in the capital, Juba on 15 December 2013.

But while Machar, Gai and Gore remain at large, four others are still detained on treason charges. The government has also released and sent to neighbouring Kenya seven other politicians it detained the incident.

Ambassador Luate, however, said those in Kenya would still face the law, should prosecution find them guilty of any involvement in the alleged failed coup.

“The Government of the Republic of Kenya applied for the bail of the release of these seven people. This however does not mean that they are completely free from the prosecution against them,” Luate told reporters.

“Investigations, however, are still ongoing,” he added.


Meanwhile, the South Sudanese envoy dismissed claims that the Ugandan army (UPDF) were illegally in the new nation and should pull-out.

“Uganda troops were invited by the legitimate Government elected by the people of South Sudan and for that matter, the deployment of Uganda forces in South Sudan was clearly sanctioned by IGAD [Inter-Governmental Authority on Development], Uganda Parliament as well as the East African Legislative Assembly”, Luate clarified.

“Therefore for anyone to start asking as to when Uganda troops will be leaving South Sudan is not helpful,” he added, while stressing the importance of political stability in his country.

Uganda has lately faced been criticised for its army’s involvement in the South Sudan crisis, although its leader Yoweri Museveni insisted he intervened to save the new nation from possible collapse.

South Sudanese rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A In Opposition) have accused Ugandan troops deployed in the country of committing continuous violations of the cessation of hostilities signed a week ago in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The truce, reached by the two factions in talks mediated by IGAD, called for the withdrawal of allied foreign troops from South Sudan, including the Ugandan army.

However, rebels say there is no sign of a UPDF withdrawal, accusing Ugandan troops of continuing to attack their positions in Jonglei state.

Machar, who leads the country’s ruling party opposition faction, largely blamed South Sudan president Salva Kiir for the violence that has killed thousands and displaced nearly 800,000 people in just six weeks.


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  • 4 February 2014 07:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yes, Sir. He, [they] must face to law accordingly.

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  • 4 February 2014 07:12, by wang

    Just release our four men before the international community turn their back away and leaves you alone…

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    • 4 February 2014 07:23, by Malakal county Simon

      Those guys will not and will be trials for treason, if we have a truly justice law in South Sudan.... Simply they are all innocents, but kiir will surely attend the ICC, to answer the killings of innocent Nuers civilian in Juba....

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      • 4 February 2014 07:46, by Wicdail

        Leave these thugs alone. They behave as they own the whole universe. What laws are they talking about? It’s good that they wouldn’t be there by the time when peace come.

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  • 4 February 2014 07:39, by wang

    It is Uganda and M7 that wanted to trails Dr. Riek, because of their large number of soldiers were lost against the rebels… Salva Kiir knows the rules and national constitution did not authorize the President Kiir to kill Nuer civilians for or without logic explanations…Kiir has plenty of questions to answer when time come

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  • 4 February 2014 08:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    We have rebels comments here in this website against the government of Republic of South Sudan led by His-Excellency the president Kiir.
    I don’t feel hungered at them because they are rebels. And South Sudan society are even feel normal because Riek Machar is a ordinary act, he do rebelled seasonly against the government.

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  • 4 February 2014 09:09, by Dr B2

    Breaking news Kiir wanted to hang him self on sunday weekend after he drunk from his own hotel called Home and away fearing of ICC case that pending for h im,as human right group found the exact number of 5,000 Nuer civilian killed by his Gelweng militias from Warrap only not even the all of Bhar elgazhal,Kiir must face court.
    I thanks those of Telar Deng, who rescue on hanging process,he must se

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  • 4 February 2014 09:10, by Kus al-Junub

    Brainless PhD Holder
    Poor south Sudanese Leader, particularly Riek Machar is the poorest in ideology and stupid in the way he does business in international arena.
    Sudan thought Machar was going to share oil quietly with Sudan; instead he went and opened his filthy mouth internationally, prompting the president of Sudan to distance himself from him. It’s a sealed deal you dump fuck.

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    • 4 February 2014 12:49, by Deng Tut

      Poorest President Kiir, you was aware and order your gelweng militia to killed Nuer Civilians with cool blood. You are going to try in ICC sooner.

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  • 5 February 2014 02:01, by Joseph

    No coup, no treason. people are force to rebel. very soon Ladu Gore and some Equatoria will rebel since people are force to rebel. It was only Nuer who rebel because their people had been kill in Juba, but very soon every one who does not like this corrupt government will rebel because has been force.

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