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More witnesses testify against S. Sudanese treason suspects

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March 26, 2014 (JUBA) – The case of the four detained South Sudanese officials continued this week with more prosecution witnesses providing evidence linking them to an alleged coup plot in mid-December, which the government has blamed for triggering violence across the country.

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South Sudan political detainees (left to right) Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Majak d’Agoot, Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng Ajak at a trial hearing in Juba on 11 March 2014 (Photo: AFP/Andrei Pungovschi)

The four politicians, who include the former secretary-general of the country’s ruling party (SPLM), Pagan Amum, as well as former ministers Majak D’Agot and Oyai Deng Ajak and former envoy to the United States Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, have been charged with treason. They deny the charges.

The four are allies of the country’s former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, who has been charged in absentia.

On Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Mach Paul Kuol, the director of military intelligence, became the fifth witness to testify in court.

In his testimony, Gen. Mach said he became “concerned” when former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai allegedly called him on 13 December 2013 - two days before fighting erupted in the military barracks in the capital, Juba, to inquire about the arrest of a junior officer.

According to Gen. Mach, the sergeant had attempted to snatch the keys to the military armoury on 12 December, but was subsequently arrested and questioned about his behaviour.

“I told him (Gai) that the soldier was arrested on administrative issues connected with his work,” he said, adding that he had convened a meeting of intelligence chiefs a day later.

“I briefed them that there is something unusual,” he said in reference to the phone call.

The director military intelligence further claimed the press release issued by opposition politicians on 6 December, who included the four now before the court, had “instigated” the army.

“The press statement overstepped what was a political party issue and threat[ened] national security,” he told the court hearing.

However, when questioned by defence lawyers if the four politicians being tried played any role in organising the mid-December violence, he replied “no.”

James Mayen, the lead prosecutor in the case, said that four state witnesses had testified on Wednesday, with more expected to appear.

“There are a dozen prosecution witnesses,” he told reporters outside the court.

Meanwhile, lead defence lawyer Monyluak Alor insisted that the testimonies given made the prosecution’s case “weaker and weaker”.

The case was adjourned on Tuesday after the prosecution team failed to produce witnesses. The defence is expected to call witnesses when the prosecution complete its submissions.

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  • 28 March 2014 07:35, by tootke’bai-ngo

    WHAT IS DEC 6 PRESS RELEASE HAS TO DO WITH THE FAKE ALLEGED COUP? WHY ARE ALL WITNESSES GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES? THE MEETING OF THE 6 DEC 2013 WAS CONDUCTED INSIDE SPLM NEW HEADQUATER TO ADDRESS INTERNAL REFORMS & OBSECLES FACING THE PARTY.
    WHY IS THAT HAS TO BE CONNECTED WITH DISAGREEMENT AT TIGER HEADQUARTER? PLEASE, KIIR RELEASE OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS IMMEDIATELY WITH OUT THIS SENSELESS TRIAL.

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  • 28 March 2014 07:38, by Axiox

    This trail is a joke, if the prosecutor has tangible evidence against the accused then present it already and sentence them, else release them. We have more pressing matters to attend to such as restoring stability to the fallen citys and bring back investors who lost faith in S.S.

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  • 28 March 2014 13:08, by Mapuor

    Majak De Agot,its terrible.Your days are numbered.Why always thinking of becoming a president?You were senior two leaver when you joined the SPLA.Haaaaa through nepotism Majak got the rank of General and bought a PhD.Your peers were not given the same oppotuinty that your uncle Garang gave you.Was that fairness?Twii officers were always favored in the SPLA and not deployed in war fronts.

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    • 28 March 2014 13:16, by Mapuor

      Riek never deployed educated officers of Bentiu in front but poor Lou Nuer officers were the only one deployed to frostiness.Kuong Danhier is now alife and where is Isaac Tut.Samuel Lony is now alife and where is Deng Jok hahah where is Peter Panhom.Nyang Chol survived hundreds of battles.Lou Nuer should come to their senses.Riek will finish you Lou Nuer.Oyai finished Ger officers.

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      • 29 March 2014 12:25, by Mapuor

        Riek never deployed educated officers of Bentiu in front but poor Lou Nuer officers were the only one deployed to frontline.Kuong Danhier is now alive and where is Isaac Tut.Samuel Lony is now alive and where is Deng Jok hahah where is Peter Panhom.Nyang Chol survived hundreds of battles.Lou Nuer should come to their senses.Riek will finish you Lou Nuer.Oyai finished Ger officers.

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  • 28 March 2014 20:16, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MAPOUR,
    PLEASE! STOP THIS CRAZY JEALOUSY, YOUR UNCLE KIIR & YR LIKES HAS BEEN ENVYING YOUNG EDUCATED & SUCCESSFUL S.SUDANESE SINCE DAY ONE. AS A DIRECTOR OF ALL SECURITY ORGANS IN THE MOVEMENT 1983-2004, MANY POLITICIANS & SPLA OFFICERS PERISHED, MOST OF THEM WITHOUT DR.JOHN’S KNOWLEDGE OR APPROVAL. IN 1987, KIIR COLLECTED FALSE IMFORMATION AGAINST M.GEN. KARBINO KUNYIN, 1988 IT WAS AGAINST AROK

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  • 28 March 2014 20:36, by tootke’bai-ngo

    CONT....
    1988 IT WAS AGAINST M. GEN. AROK THON IN HOPE DR.GARANG WOULD FIRE AQUAD THEM, BUT FORTUNATELY ENOUGH THE SPLM-A CHAIRMAN LET THE LATTERS JOINT MARTIN MAJIER GAI IN DETAINTION INSTEAD. KIIR AGAIN SEIZED HIS OPPORTUNITY IN 1992 TO GET RID OF THOSE WHOM HE DEEMED MORE SUCCESSFUL MILLITARILY THEN HE WAS WHEN THE MOVEMENT WAS AT THE EDGE OF COLLAPSE. THIS UNFORTUNATELY MANY POLITICIANS......

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  • 28 March 2014 20:50, by tootke’bai-ngo

    CONT..
    POLITICIANS & JUNIOR OFFICERS LOST THEIR LIVES. THOSE INCLUDED 8 MARTINS AMONG THEM MARTIN MAJIER GAI & MARTIN MAKUR ALAIYOU. DR.JOHN WAS SHOCKED BY THE MAGNITUDE OF THE INCIDENT. ALTHOUGH THE WHOLE THING WAS LATER DISCOVERED TO BE THE HOAX, IT WAS TOO LATE TO BRING THOSE LIVES BACK. IT IS TIME FOR KIIR TO LEARN THAT S.SUDAN DOES NOT BELONG TO HIM ALONE, WE S.SUDANESE NEED THOSE QUALIFY IND

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  • 28 March 2014 20:58, by tootke’bai-ngo

    WE NEED THOSE INDIVIDUALS, THE COUNTRY NEED THEM. STOP THIS CRAZY POLICIES OF (IF IS NOT MINE, THEN IT’S BETTER TO SEE IT DESTROY).

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  • 28 March 2014 21:35, by tootke’bai-ngo

    ISAIAH WAS A GIFT TO THE NATION, NOW WE HAVE LEFT WITH THOSE FAKE JOURNALISTS LIKE MAKUEI LUETH & A TENY WEK WHO FAVOUR BLOOD DOLLARS THEN THEIR PROFFESSIONAL ETHICS.
    TO ALL CONCERN CITIZENS: JUST FOR CURIOUSITY BUT I WISH IT IS NOT TRUE. IS OUR NATIONAL SINGER DUOP PUR DOUP DEAD OR ALIVE? PLEASE! LET ME KNOW ANYONE. SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT HE LOST HIS LIFE DURING MADNESS OF MID DEC LAST YEAR

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    • 29 March 2014 05:14, by Ahmed Chol

      tootkebai ngo,
      Duop is alive. I met him and shook hands with him in January. He is in the UN compound in Juba. What you heard originated from kiir security men.

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  • 29 March 2014 12:26, by Mapuor

    Riek never deployed educated officers of Bentiu in front but poor Lou Nuer officers were the only one deployed to frontline.Kuong Danhier is now alive and where is Isaac Tut.Samuel Lony is now alive and where is Deng Jok hahah where is Peter Panhom.Nyang Chol survived hundreds of battles.Lou Nuer should come to their senses.Riek will finish you Lou Nuer.Oyai finished Ger officers.

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  • 30 March 2014 11:52, by tootke’bai-ngo

    THANKS ALOT AHMED CHOL,
    MAY GOD BLESS DOUP PUR & OTHER NATIONALIST WHO WILL ONE DAY UNIT OUR SHATTERED COMMUNITIES THROUGH THEIR GOD GIVEN TALENT.

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