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S. Sudan says "gathered sufficient evidence" on expats’ hotel attack


September 2, 2016 (JUBA) - A government appointed committee investigating attack and rape on foreign nationals, mainly citizens of the United States at Terrain Hotel in the national capital, Juba, in July by government forces said "sufficient evidence" has been gathered.

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Aid workers from different Non-Governmental Organizations in South Sudan arrive at Wilson airport in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from Juba. (AP Photo)

Speaking to reporters on Thursday in Juba, deputy minister of justice, Martison Oturomoi, who chairs the six-member committee, also said witnesses with further information are encouraged to come forward.

"We have gathered sufficient evidence but we need information from the members of the public for any information that help in investigation," said Oturomoi, speaking publicly for the first time since the committee was formed by President Salva Kiir in late July.

Terrain Hotel, a luxurious hotel accommodating foreigners and employees from the United Nations agencies, was attacked by suspected government soldiers loyal to President Kiir on 11 July when fighting erupted between rival forces of President Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

Humanitarian workers and UN staff alleged multiply rapes, looting and physical assault by the armed men who remained inside the hotel’s compounds for several hours, repeatedly raping ladies. A white lady from the United States later on revealed to the international media that she was raped by at least 15 soldiers.

Efforts by the victims of the attack to seek help from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which was a stone throw away from the hotel, failed. According to the United States government, the American Embassy in Juba later instead contacted local authorities who managed to save lives of the humanitarian staff, putting UNMISS under criticism for failing to respond.

One of the staff, a young ethnic Nuer man, was also shot dead instantly in the hotel compound when his tribal identity was known by the soldiers. An American citizen who witnessed his killing said when the soldiers saw the young Nuer man among the staff he shouted “Nuer” and then shot him twice and he immediately fell to the ground.

Deputy justice minister, Oturomoi, said his team, which included Ambassador Anduriga from the ministry of foreign affairs, Major General Bor Wutchok from the national security service and Colonel Matur Dharuai Yor from SPLA military intelligence and James Biel Ruot, deputy inspector of police, spoke to survivors of the attack including foreigners.

"But we need to speak to more people and don’t fear, your identity can be protected," Oturomoi further appealed.

The official said their findings, which he never revealed when that will be ready, will be submitted to President Salva Kiir. He said no suspect has been arrested but he claimed that the SPLA was cooperating without elaborating further.

There is skepticism that the investigation into this particular attack on foreigners and that on South Sudanese would ever be addressed by the government for failure in the past.


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  • 3 September 08:21, by Eastern

    SPLA should never be trusted with the outcome of any "investigations". SPLA operates on guerrilla tactics and should never be relied on. Nothing useful will come out of this investigation!

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  • 3 September 08:28, by Hardlinner

    rape claim could as well be the same as claims by american athletes in Brazil Olympic that they were robbed at gun point. only case of shot dead nuer journalist need investigation. i also urge Riek support to rally behind Taban in order to end wars and target killing. change of leadership in south Sudan would come through election not rebellion.

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    • 3 September 11:43, by Eastern

      Don’t even dream of or let alone think of elections in South Sudan in the nearest future. Kiir shouldn’t hoodwink you and likeminded that he was popularly elected. No general elections have been conducted in the Republic of South Sudan; Kiir was elected in the last Sudanese general elections as president of GoSS and FVP if the Sudan!!

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    • 3 September 13:04, by Malakal county Simon

      But Taban was never elected by the SPLM_IO leadership.... So why forcing people’s to rally behind him when they don’t like him????

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    • 5 September 09:41, by Bazinguaboy

      "Rape claim could as well be the same as ..." Shame on you, my brother, and may all shit on you from high. What would you have said if those expats were your sister? What motive would she have to make a false claim on something that must have been witnessed by many? No respectable South Sudanese would make such a suggestion.

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  • 3 September 09:32, by Mr Point

    Explain how the ruling faction would allow change to come through election instead of rebellion.

    In December 2013 when it seemed the SPLM leadership was leaning to peaceful change Kiir invented the fake coup and started civil war.

    The JCE would not allow an election to be fair and free

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  • 3 September 10:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    How can murderers, rapists and the corrupt investigate themselves of crimes committed by themselves? This should be a mockery to natural justice of a highest order!!

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    • 3 September 11:45, by Redeemer

      God will not come for investigation, you will see America exchanging interests with this corrupt government and the case dies, that is how the common people are suffering, instead of joining hands to change the government, you say you are changing Dinka

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      • 3 September 11:59, by Redeemer

        Look, when Yauyau promoted a handful of Murle to become generals, they stopped fighting, Nuer did it in a very divided way, Bul alone, Jikeeny to mention but a few, the arrow boys of Yambio are now happy with ranks, yesterday they celebrated when their Boss submitted the list which was accepted for integration. Are we really for a better change?

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    • 3 September 19:48, by jubaone


      Most of these rapists are filthy, ugly and uncircumcised luakjienges who haven’t had any opportunity to get consensual sex with mature women and so use the gun to forcefully get one. No sane and clean woman would go for such dirty folk except perhaps their nyanjienges.

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  • 22 September 18:17, by Jubatown

    Hardlinner, reading your posts one cannot shake off the impression of a semi-educated, fresh-from-the-cattle-camp, not-able-to-think-beyond-ethnical-lines baffoon. It is disgusting what happened to these women, who came to work for the people of South Sudan, and to all the South Sudanese women being raped by soldiers from all fractions in the country. Writing statements like this, makes you disgus

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