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Former deputy defence minister says S. Sudan will never be the same

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April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s former defence minister, Majak D’Agoot, has denied playing any role in an alleged coup plot to depose president Salva Kiir Mayardit, saying that regardless of the outcome of the court case, the country has been irrevocably changed.

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

D’Agoot is one of the four officials currently facing treason charges and is the third defendant to speak in court, following testimony from former secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum Okiech and former national security minister Oyai Deng Ajak. Former diplomat Ezekiel Gathkuoth Lol is yet to take the stand.

The four officials have been accused of conspiring with former vice-president Riek Machar to overthrow the government by force.

Violence erupted in South Sudan in the capital, Juba, in mid-December before spreading to other key areas across the country.

The fighting has pitted forces loyal to the Kiir administration against rebels fighters aligned with Machar.

Speaking before Tuesday’s court session, D’ Agoot denied taking part in any plot to overthrow the government.

“Whatever verdict this court will take, South Sudan will never be the same. This marks the end of impunity, rule of man and the rule of law shall prevail,” he told the court.

Meanwhile, Amum expressed optimism that the four officials could together with President Kiir and vice-president James Wani Igga to resolve the rift.

“I am still optimistic that we will sort out this issue of ours with president Salva Kiir,” Pagan told the court. “I will even work with him, work with Wani – [the] vice-president – and sort out all these issues with Riek and we [can] build our nation,” he added.

Machar and former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai have also been charged in absentia.

Seven other senior officials also detained in connection to the plot have since been released. The so-called SPLM-7 had been taking part in peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, but have since been excluded following demands by the South Sudanese government to restrict negotiations to the parties directly involved in the conflict.

A tenuous ceasefire deal brokered on 23 January by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, which is mediating talks, has so far failed to halt the violence.

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  • 17 April 07:49, by Jalaby

    “I will even work with him, work with Wani – [the] vice-president – and sort out all these issues with Riek and we [can] build our nation,”
    Work with Kiir? it looks like Pagan Amom starts to lick Kiir ass to release him!
    Well Pagan, you’re reaping what you’ve planted of hatred between north-south before,enjoy being far of "Dirty Khartoum"!

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    • 17 April 08:51, by South South

      Jalaby,
      How about you Jalaby,You touch your own ass five times a day ( GATHA AL JAMARA) and take out shit in your own hands.

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      • 17 April 09:26, by Mohamed

        So...South Sudan
        Jalaby cleans his ass with water....
        I know you don’t have toilet paper where u come from...
        how do u clean your ass?
        or do you just leave it to the flies to take care for you?

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        • 17 April 09:48, by South South

          Mohammed,
          Please do not lie to us. Jalaby and you do not clean your asses with water, that is not true. You stick your middle finger deep into your asses and take out shit five times a day ( GAHTA EL JAMARA). We know how fake Arabs behave in Sudan.

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          • 17 April 10:05, by Mohamed

            This is quiet a pathetic discussion...
            sorry to inform you that the guy who told you how to do this is gay and he taught you the wtrong way.
            don’t do it like that anymore ...just wash with water and stop sticking your finger inside.
            Seems that he tricked you and you are learning to enjoy this.

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            • 17 April 10:44, by South South

              Mohammed,
              GATHA EL JAMARA is well known in Sudan among fake Arabs ( Muslims of course). You said exactly what have been trying to send out about you guys, you are gay Muslims. You fuck yourself 5 times a day with your own fingers. In Sudan, you cannot miss seeing shit on the wall in latrines when people clean their hands from GATHA EL JAMARA.

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  • 17 April 07:57, by Wicdail

    Tell the truth and the truth shall set you free. “Whatever verdict this court will take, South Sudan will never be the same. This marks the end of impunity, rule of man and the rule of law shall prevail,” The young Dr. told the Kirr’s court. Be brave young general we are behind you and I’m pretty sure that you will be the next president of RSS after after Dr. Rick’s retirement.

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  • 17 April 08:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Sanity return always when you are about to hit the grave, These useless men were running around conducting private meetings at potlucks in Juba. love of food made them think that they were supermen. now at the mercy of the president they defied, they want to work with him again. mind you, The same power that Dinka use to raise you , can also be use to bring you down.

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