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South Sudan threatens to sue The Sentry over corruption report

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September 13, 2016 (JUBA) – Spokesperson of the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, has threatened to take to court The Sentry organization based in the United States for releasing a report which has implicated him and his family in corruption in the young country.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

The 65-page report released on Monday in Washington DC in the presence of multiple international media representatives accused President Kiir, his family members, including teenage children, for involving corruption.

The report presented evidence of documents and eyewitnesses accounts which showed that the president and his family members, in laws and close senior military officers involved in corruption.

However, in response to the report, President Kiir’s spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, said the government will sue in court the organization which exposed the corruption of the leadership, saying it was “politically biased” against the president.

"Their [The Sentry] statement is a mere recipe for fuelling gross misconception about the leadership of South Sudan," Ateny told Al Jazeera satellite news channel on Tuesday.

"We will take them to court; we will hire the law firm in the US and we will sue them because they have relied on evidence that is completely rubbish," he said from the capital, Juba.

Ateny also threatened that the people who provided information to The Sentry organization will be revealed in court, challenging that they were not mentioned by names in the report.

"They were actually interviewing 100 people who only came to give evidence on condition of anonymity ... but at the end of the day, [their identity] will be disclosed, because if we go to the court of law they will have to be disclosed."

It was not clear whether the president’s spokesperson was suggesting punishment for the 100 people who volunteered information to the investigators.

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  • 13 September 2016 23:04, by Mr Point

    You might think the government priority would be to help the 20% of civilians who were made homeless by the Kiir-Machar war, or to help the 50% who face hunger.

    No, the government priority is to deny the evidence of corruption in "War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay", and to look for witnesses to intimidate. Why does no one from Kiir side justify his mansions for each child while millions are homeless?

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  • 13 September 2016 23:12, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Look at the mouth Ateny Wek like that of a slaughtered pig. Oh God these callous people called Dinkas can lie without a single shame. Only fools and insane people can believe you.

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  • 13 September 2016 23:36, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    In common law jurisdictions, law suits Against or By the Government fall under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General who is the principal legal adviser of the Government and invariably execute legal proceedings on behalf of the Government. Hence, the president would solely hire a private law firm as an individual, but not as a Government.

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  • 14 September 2016 00:07, by Mr Point

    That’s not quite correct, if you read the "War Crimes shouldn’t Pay" full report.

    Whatever Kiir does, South Sudan pays!

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  • 14 September 2016 01:35, by Force 1

    Five or six people including the president were shown in that Sentry report of corrupted South Sudanese officials.
    Now the question is; do you guys truly believe that those were the only six corrupted officials in the government of South Sudan who took $ 5 billions? And if you do; how insanely would you people be?

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    • 14 September 2016 04:03, by Akook

      Ateny and all the other senior government officials who rush to media and talk are puzzled!
      They are caught in nightmare and they have no words except to resort in shameful intimidation of the weak people who volunteered giving Sentry this vital information.
      The thieves have no faith in South Sudan, look at Ateny’s statement they will a law firm in the US? Using corrupted monies

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      • 14 September 2016 04:13, by Akook

        What credible human does, whatever caught red handed is to resign. Kiir shamed us more than enough and the worst is Salva Kiir still think not enough.
        Which country in the world where president’s children mentioned their occupation in the country’s passport as ’Son of President’, ’Daughter of president’, ’wife of president’ etc.
        You people are busy making us laughing stock of the world everyday

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    • 14 September 2016 17:34, by lino

      Force 1, the list is very long and myself don’t believe even only 75 people have stolen this BIG number $4-5 Billions.
      Politicians, Army officers, Businessmen/Women, and some of citizens of this country have shared the developments money.

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  • 14 September 2016 11:38, by Mr Point

    That report : https://thesentry.org/reports/warcrimesshouldntpay/
    Look at the pictures on page 40

    • Do you get paid enough?
    • Do you get enough to eat?

    Would you like to be “Smart boy for life enjoying first class”

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  • 14 September 2016 14:18, by Nyesi Ta

    Wek, wek wek! in which court are you going to sue The Sentry Organization? You can only win this case in Kiir Al Awiir Kangaroo Supreme Court because this court has a history of ruling cases in favor of Kiir’s government. Ya wacky nerd, kan gediya bitak de rafau le Rabuna, you will not win ashan Rubuna aruf intum haramiyah al khan bada sokol serega ma abugar wo asa de itakum biga ge seregu $$$.

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  • 14 September 2016 15:26, by hamil

    Why does the government need to sue the sentry? There are other damning revelations that show how the wealth of this country is ripped apart and being misused out there. Click the link below and watch the video of this Grandson of Paul Malong who is barely 28 years old and has shown the entire world how foolish some South Sudanese can be.

    https://www.facebook.com/lual.malongyor?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

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