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Experts set to reveal South Sudan’s money theft, arms deals soon

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September 6, 2016 (NEW YORK) – International experts have announced for the first time to reveal on Monday, 12 September 2016, the report of a two-year investigation into the movement of money stolen from South Sudan by officials as well as reveal the ongoing money-laundering and arms deals involving particular companies and business people around the world.

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US peace activist John Prendergast speaking to senior South Sudan army officers during his visit to Bor February 9, 2014 (Photo: Larco Lomoyat)

The Sentry, an investigative initiative co-founded by John Prendergast and George Clooney, will present the findings of the groundbreaking investigation into the networks of South Sudan’s senior officials and their international facilitators, “whose violent competition over corruption opportunities has turned their country into one of world’s deadliest war zones.”

The event, which will reveal sources of corruption in South Sudan, will be the first public presentation of The Sentry’s multi-country investigations into the links between massive corruption and armed conflict.

During the Monday’s press conference, Clooney, Prendergast, Don Cheadle and members of the Sentry team will discuss the findings of the investigation. Press will be invited to cover the event of its first kind and feature a question-and-answer session with attending media.

The Sentry will release a report summarizing the results of nearly two years of following the money in South Sudan’s “shadowy war economy” and the links to an array of international facilitators and enablers, which include bankers, arms dealers, and businessmen.

The Sentry brings together an experienced team of investigators, including former employees of the United States FBI, Treasury Department, other government agencies, intelligence communities, and Congress, as well as contributions from field researchers, country experts, academia and press, who will attend the event.

The two-year investigation, according to the report, was done by expert researchers who pored through thousands of pages of legal records, corporate filings, financial statements, transaction and shipping documents, and other official correspondence; tracked suspects’ online social media footprints; and utilized satellite imagery to gather and analyze data about South Sudan’s assets and movements.

Investigators traveled to multiple locations including Melbourne, Adelaide, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Juba, Cairo and Nairobi, etc, to gather evidence and interview hundreds of experts and eyewitnesses, many of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity.

ABOUT THE SENTRY

The Sentry, according to its policy statement, is an international organization with the responsibility to reveal, disrupt and dismantle the networks of military officers, government officials, businessmen, arms dealers, bankers, and other enablers around the world who benefit financially and politically from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.

“Our investigations follow the money from conflict zones and into global economic centers, using open source data collection, field research, document collection, and state-of-the-art network analysis technology,” it says.

“The Sentry provides information and analysis that engages civil society and media, supports regulatory action and prosecutions, and provides policymakers and the private sector with the information they require to take effective action,” The Sentry further explained.

Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch (NOOW), with its implementing partner C4ADS. Current countries of focus are South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.

South Sudan is top on the list of the world’s most corrupt and violent nations under the leadership of President Salva Kiir, a former guerrilla fighter, turned politician and head of state.

The report is believed to provide a way for any future action by interested partners to recover the stolen money and punish those involved.

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  • 7 September 2016 08:47, by Mr Point

    The usual suspects will present the usual denials when the report is published, then go back to business as usual.

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    • 8 September 2016 21:29, by Paul

      Mr point, you have said all! But this is big! Such a shame! Lmao!

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  • 7 September 2016 11:16, by Dengda

    First of all my condolences goes to the people of South Sudan, particularly Civil society, journalist, political activists and opposition figures. At the same the time I would like to congratulates people of South Sudan for God is on their side and Had never sleep day and night to deliver people of South Sudan from devils hand. This fact finding research is milestone and should be embrace.

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    • 7 September 2016 11:26, by Dengda

      Contin..., this report will reveal more, not only that, it will also stop scapegoating on the opposition/FNs. 75 list of individual will eventually be known to all, not only those who opposes government, but government official will also hang their heads in shame. The report also will give important lesson to the next generations to come. Lesson learned South Sudan is not an island. God be with us

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  • 7 September 2016 13:33, by Redeemer

    It is one of the steps the International community would have capitalized on since, the corrupt people would have made away out in shame and stop denials and blames, they would have rescued the country but they always let the worst happen and later claim to be solution providers. Anyway they are also in the world wars game

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  • 7 September 2016 16:31, by Hardlinner

    The investigation should have covered atleast 10 years in it making. I know for fact that all current and former government were involved in corruption. Kiir and Riek were part of the corruption scandals.

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  • 7 September 2016 18:41, by The rock

    I don’t care about anything that is going to happen to the crocks, can somebody tell me that their names are to be revealed out? These stupid dirty politicians have drown our beloved country into the ocean of poverty, hatred,war zones and badly a nest to chiefs and criminals. Even if it’s my uncle, you gotta name em out please!

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