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S. Sudan army places military officers under arrest


August 7, 2014 (JUBA) – A number of South Sudanese army officers have reportedly been place under house arrest at various locations for reasons yet to be established, military sources have told Sudan Tribune.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA)

Lt. Col. Lual Bol Kuan and Major Ngong Mou Deng are reportedly among several military officers in detention since May, with the former said to have been arrested on 10 May after being recalled from the frontline in the Paloich area of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

Sources further claimed the army chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, ordered Kuan’s arrest allegedly on recommendations from the deputy of the sixth infantry division commander, Maj. Gen. Gregory Basilli, an in-law to South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir.

“His wife delivered and was not allowed to see the new born child since he was arrested on 10 May. The children are suffering from many things and we actually do not know what he has done because he himself has not been informed of the cause. We only hear that Maj. Gen Gregory Basilli reported him to the chief of staff Gen.Paul Malong Awan, who later ordered his recall from the frontline and was arrested on arrival,” a member of Kuan’s family told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

“He was in Guel Guk in Poloich area when he was recalled in May. From the airport he was taken straight into the detention where he remained until today. No hearing has ever been made,” added the relative.

Various conflicting accounts, on the other hand, surround reasons for Deng’s arrest. For instance, while some sources attributed it to the release of civilians arrested in the military barrack by the head of the military police force in the capital, Juba, others claimed it was on suspicion that he planned to join rebellion under Gen. Dau Aturjong.

Some military sources claim Deng’s arrest was “politically” motivated, an account the latter believes in.

“What they tell people is not what they tell me and the family members. They have never told us the truth. To the relatives and members of the public, they say I am arrested for administrative issues which they do not explain. To other colleagues, they say I was planning to rebel. And to some other people who want to know why I have been arrested for such a long time; they say I released civilians arrested in military barrack,” the detained officer told Sudan Tribune last week.

“So you find that there is no case for my arrest. I just see that it is politically motivated arrest,” he added.

But when contacted by relatives, the army chief of staff, said the two officers “were involved in cases of indiscipline”, prompting their confinement. He did not, however, elaborate further on the matter.

In separate meetings with relatives of the two officers, Awan reportedly said it was normal in any country to hold people accountable within a system.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson, Col. Phillip Aguer, declined to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed military reports indicate several officers have also been arrested in Wunyiik, the third division infantry headquarters in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.


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  • 8 August 2014 07:10, by garang kerubino

    Keep arresting people but you never know that you are increasing the problem of South Sudan the relatives of those arrested at any time will decide any evil act that will work negatively against the interest of South Sudanese, please watch out allow the freedom to take it course we are democratic country we don’t need intermindation here.

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    • 8 August 2014 07:48, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Back in the day when Maj. Gen. Tanginye still in that Kangaroo detention, if visitors came to him and asked him, are you still in prison? He always relied, " how about you, are you not released?" And then if you asked him why he said that, he always told you that even though you are not in prison, you are not free from this government. So all of us are in prisons although we are not the in person

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  • 8 August 2014 08:50, by Mel mosa

    I hate this website so call sudantribune. It become a rebel website where they can lie without giving any single clue to the article. Even a child can easily find out that this website is more than bias. The independent media always gathering sources from both sides and prevent an individuals to lies whenever he/she want since it disqualify the media value.

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    • 8 August 2014 10:52, by Mike Mike

      Mel Moses, Is it you want to say that those whom have been reported here for being arrested is not true or what is your argument all about their alleged arrests?. Let’s not denial the truth when it is said by those whom have eye witnessed it and let’s not also work against the media because media for example with the government is like a Mirror with a person.Quote that essentially.

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      • 8 August 2014 20:48, by Mel mosa

        There is no eye witness just make up by you guys and sudantribune like that so South Sudan become unstable. I monitor this website for long. they support any destroy South Sudan. Rebel are the one killed innocent people but Sudantribune always reports those army killed Juba as genocide

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        • 8 August 2014 20:56, by Mel mosa

          There was no genocide in Juba, but in Bor, Uper Nile state, and unity State. Just people tired of Kiirr administration because of corruption but world know that no target killing done gov’t army but rebel did. the investigation already done waiting for you guys

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  • 8 August 2014 09:32, by Mayom County Boy

    nonsense it is military issue that does not need an body to involve. is better for the lady to stay at home with her kids instead of moving from place to place , looking for her husband , please lady just stay at home your husband may be release back to you very soon .

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    • 8 August 2014 10:48, by Malakal county Simon

      Mayom slave

      Even your very uncle called traitor Bapiny Minytuel is detained, and you still not condemning the cruel regime?? I must said you love money, than your blood...... Shame-on you bro!!!!

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      • 8 August 2014 11:49, by Gangura

        Kirr is coursing more problems to himself and to the country, why to arrest these officers for no reason? anyway remaining me to be arrested.

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