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S. Sudan’s former minister protests over illegal arrest, prolonged detention


December 23, 2014 (JUBA) – A former South Sudanese minister has protested the manner he was recently arrested and detained for more than five hours by military intelligence officers.

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SPLM’s Luka Biong, August 4, 2011 (Enough Project)

Luka Biong Deng, a former minster for the presidency, was arrested on suspicion that he ferried money to Yei county allegedly to woo into rebellion youth from Equatoria region.

“I was arrested, detained, deported from Yei with my properties sought and seized not by police or national security service but by military intelligence of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on Sunday 14 December, when I was conducting a UK-funded research on strengthening institutions of accountability in South Sudan,” he said.

Deng said he was interrogated, but found not to be in possession of any money as earlier alleged.

The ex-minister questioned why government agents arbitrarily arrest, detain and seize individuals’ properties under the pretext of following provisions of the country’s constitution, which defines roles and responsibilities of National Security Service (NSS).

“The National Security shall be professional and its mandate shall focus on information gathering, analysis and advice to the relevant authorities”, citing Article 159 of the constitution.

He said what the NSS needs is not more powers and functions to arrest, detain, search and seize but rather more capacity to strengthen its ability to gather information and to analyze such information and to disseminate such information for relevant institutions to take actions.

"If our National Security Service could be able to collect and analyze internal and external security threats to our new nation, the relevant institution will be in a better position to discharge their functions on an informed basis," stressed Deng.

"Rather than arresting, detaining, searching and seizing properties, the National Security Service would supply its analyzed information upon which the Police Service could act on to arrest, detain, search and seize properties of any suspected person in accordance with the law," he added.

He advised the country’s lawmakers to critically examine the National Security Bill, which was returned to the assembly by president Salva Kiir for further deliberations.

The army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer blamed the bizarre incident on misunderstandings.

Deng served for five years as minister for the presidency in South Sudan and national minister of cabinet affairs in Khartoum until he resigned after the Sudanese government invaded Abyei, his home area, in May 2011. He is also a senior member of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM).


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  • 24 December 2014 07:47, by wang

    Well-done job to military intelligence if they did detain or arrested this guy called himself Luka Biong Deng … this guy is certainly deserved to learn through this hard way as he has been thoroughly been defending this nepotism, tribalism govt for years, esp. when we tried to critics Salva Kiir Mayardit’s leadership failure

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  • 24 December 2014 07:48, by wang

    Look at again, his article title (Who to arrest, detain, search and seize)? It is still shows that, those who are qualify for interrogation, detains and arrested from Juba faction must be non Dinka….shame on you Luka Biong Deng

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  • 24 December 2014 07:57, by Ajongtar

    No regrets. this Dinka Abiyei Vs Dinka Warab, remember they still consider you as a Foreigner from Sudan.

    I recall one of your article that some of the Dinka community in the Goss calls you people of abyei as peole of Kushmir.

    No wonder.

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  • 24 December 2014 08:06, by Mike Mike

    What is happening in South Sudan gov’t can’t be defined though it is taken to the thinkers to think over it of why things are handled in such a very poor way. Some figures within the gov’t doesn’t know the border of conduct of their businesses and that’s why they were also been committing power abusive in arresting and seizing of pple properties for no reason.

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  • 24 December 2014 08:17, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Those Western countries funding research carried out by Luka Biong are fools. L. Biong is among those who misled Kiir to embrace this useless, corrupt, ruthless, nepotistic, tribal and kleptocratic administrative system killing RSS today. At last his own tribesmen the Dinkas have turned on him. Under whose command are these Mathiang Ngor militias? Luka should complain to his master Kiir.

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  • 24 December 2014 08:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    political ground laid Aluka Abuong under detention but he should absent from an Equartorian rebellion,
    if there is any member who desire to join or to support such a gorilla whether us he or she.
    the rebellion of South Sudan dose not move the country into the good paradise.

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  • 24 December 2014 09:25, by chuol

    Shame on you double face
    Have u forget that you are a foreigner?

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    • 24 December 2014 11:51, by Wicdail

      I wish those thugs who arrested him could have beaten him badly so that he can tests the bitterness of conspiracy created by him. I can tell you, this man (Luka Biong) is one of those guys responsible for the misled and the conspiracy against Nuer and other minority groups since 2005 when he joint his Dinka led government.Thank Bishar for taking Abiey, let him go to hell.

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  • 24 December 2014 13:01, by Konan

    He doesn’t look Dinka, probably from Messirya. Please handcuff and send back home soon. LoL

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  • 24 December 2014 21:04, by lino

    Hahaaa! Jenubeen,the same foreigner as you called him today was one of the people who liberated you from the North when your were hiding in Northern States.
    Time will come, and you will be slaves again foolish people.

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