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S. Sudanese security arrest relatives of defected politicians


June 2, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese security personnel have allegedly arrested unknown numbers of people believed to have relations with politicians who recently defected to the country’s opposition forces led by former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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Southern Sudanese police officers on the streets of Juba (Photo courtesy of the UN)

Among those arrested was Ibrahim Abdelbagi Ayii Akol, a younger brother of former lawmaker Ayii Ayii Akol, who announced last week that he officially joined the ongoing rebellion.

Family members and close relatives told Sudan Tribune Monday that unknown people stopped Ibrahim in Juba town at about 5:00 pm on Sunday and later drove him to an undisclosed location

“It is like there were people following him [Ibrahim]. He was stopped and driven away to unknown place yesterday. We don’t know where he had been taken. People in plain clothes just appeared before him after getting out of his car and whisked him away. He was coming from Malakal market and it’s like they were following him", said a relative.

The family member, who asked not to be identified, also claimed several other people suspected to have connections or political relations with defected politicians were allegedly picked from different places in Juba.

"Some were taken away from their houses in Thongpiny, Muniki and 107 areas".

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify reports on these scores of arrests, although security sources confirmed the arrest of Ibrahim and four others.

It remains unclear what caused their arrest, although observers attributed it to political perception with the government officials that does not differentiate between blood and political relationships, allegedly due to lack of education among government agents.

Akol has, however, criticised his young brother’s arrest, saying his political views were in no way linked to those of his family members. He also said he joined the rebellion because the current regime ignored the peoples’ will.

“This is the kind of the state our people do not want. A state that does not differentiate between me, Ayii Ayii Akol, as a politician, and Ibrahim as an ordinary citizen, although we could be related, it does not mean we share the same views and thinking. I am independent in my thinking as a politician. I do not share with him the same political views", the ex-lawmaker told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

"My views about the current system of government do not reflect the views of other people, including [those of] Ibrahim himself," he further added.


About 20 young men from 107 residential areas reportedly disappeared on Saturday. However, while their identities remained unknown, health authorities in Juba teaching hospital said they received an equal number unidentified bodies with missing heads.

South Sudan president, Salva Kiir’s government recently stepped up campaigns calling for the return of citizen internally displaced in United Nations camps to return home.

“There is no police investigation, no accountability for missing bodies. And if it take place, majority of the police personnel in Juba are predominantly relatives of those in the government and the results will never be known”, an observer said on Monday.


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  • 3 June 2014 08:11, by Gat Gan Kiir

    What a country lead by poor individuals who doesn’t differentiate anything

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  • 3 June 2014 08:15, by Tong dut

    Ha,ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.
    Let the rebels go to warrap state and start killing those brothers of Kirr, thing will come nicely as kirr wants.
    Or let the security go to look for rebels if they can?

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    • 3 June 2014 10:09, by Bungachier 50

      The long tongued brothers are the ones perishing in the hands of the South Sudanese Security personnel.
      Let them die so that their relatives & friends may respect the Government of South Sudan. Otherwise, wait for your time Yahahahaaa!!!Folks.

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  • 3 June 2014 08:19, by Tong dut

    Ha,ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.
    Let the rebels go to warrap state and start killing those brothers of Kirr, thing will come nicely as kirr wants.
    Or let the security go to look for rebels if they can?

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  • 3 June 2014 08:26, by Mr Point

    What are Juba police doing to prosecute those responsible for the murder of citizens in December and now this latest atrocity?
    Pieng Deng Kuol, the Dinka head of the police, should explain why the killers of Nuer are not brought to justice.
    When a government resorts to killing citizens like this it is doomed.

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    • 3 June 2014 08:38, by Akook

      No doubt Kiir government had already lost directions and these mindless actions are last kick of a dying horse. Citizens watch out, your security in Juba remains in your own hands!

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  • 3 June 2014 08:41, by Diversity

    What the legal stand for these innocent people being targeted for what they don’t know? Are all people politicians? Or is there a political gene in their blood? I doubt wether the SPLM is gona make in the next round of rule in South Sudan.

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    • 3 June 2014 09:06, by barbayo

      the security of South Sudan open new chapter which can increase the defection ,Ibrihim Ayii Akol is innocent no relation with those defected , those security want make intention to Aweil Community ,now his brother Agany Ayii Akol is one who captured Bor from rebels and in front line ,now his young brother was taken by unknown security which under Mabut Mamur or under Malong Awan or Pieng Deng Majo

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  • 3 June 2014 09:09, by maumau

    What are our Equatorians leaders in the army and politics doing, they can`t speak up and condemn this Dinka Bahr Elgazhel brutal killings in JUBA, an Equatoria Territory! Salva Kiir must go, we can`t sit and watch the Dinka kill our fellow citizens.

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    • 3 June 2014 10:26, by Bentiu son

      Dear folks the intention of genocidal regime has been revealed by their crime against humanity.The chopped off the Nuer civilians who had been lured out recently from UNMISS camp and random arrests of rebels’ relatives indicated the terrorizing of Juba regime.Hence,Juba brutal regime has no different with Gaeda,LRA of Uganda Boka Haram( Nigeria)terrorist organizations.

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    • 3 June 2014 13:47, by barbayo

      you said Salva Kiir must go, you are real primitive Equatorian, going where kiir ?

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  • 3 June 2014 16:24, by Peacocktail

    The Security shouldn’t provoke the security of State by unlawfully arrest any individual whose kin had express desalination with Kiir Kuethpiny Government. the State is serious test caused by so call Security. Credit should be given to where it belong and Gen.Atuarjong is the man who deserve it at all as it deem.Do not extend the suffering beyond the borders of Juba.

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