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Tonj state Governor releases two detained political figures

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March 6, 2017 (JUBA)- The governor of Tonj, one of South Sudan’s newly-created states, Akec Tong Aleu, has released two senior area politicians who were arrested in 2016 for meeting rebel leader, Riek Machar.

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Akec Tong Aleu (ST Photo)

Andrew Kuac Mayol and William Wol Mayom Bol have been in detention for more than six months after Tonj state government suspected them of changing political allegiance from the ruling party (SPLM) to the armed opposition faction.

The two officials were detained in July 2016 after allegedly meeting with the former vice president Riek Machar in April 2016 following his return to Juba in preparation for the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement.

Mayol was a political advisor in the state government while Mayom was former commissioner of Tonj South county.

Both officials confirmed interviews with Sudan Tribune on Sunday they have been released without trial. They also said they did not know the cause of their detention and do not intend to open any court case.

“In politics, you can be framed, accused and arrested. So I am not surprised of my arrest and I am not also bitter with anybody. I thank the authorities for our release and to forward to working together to move our country forward”, Mayol, a veteran politician from the area told Sudan Tribune.

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  • 6 March 2017 09:02, by Theallseeingeye

    In S.sudan you can be arrest or detaine for any period of time base on assumption and imagination (just without any single convenient evidence or reason). and when you are released you will have to thank and praise the authorities. what a rule of law!?!?!?!?!?!?

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  • 6 March 2017 09:21, by Uncle J

    Andrew Kuac Mayol is not supposed to back down by thanking authorities under dictatorship governor Akec Tong Aleu. Where was the youth supporting the most popular politician like Andrew Kuac when he was locked up behind doors for six month??? if the youth let the dictatorship governor continues apply unnecessary force to silence people, then he will run Tonj State like his property

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  • 6 March 2017 12:21, by Thiep Mawien Thiep

    Mr. Governor Akec is not a dictator but he want to silence the voices of reasons in the state. I don’t blame him anyway.

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    • 7 March 2017 02:53, by Uncle J

      Then Why did president Kiir meet with Dr. Riek on several occasions after his returns to Juba and president didn’t get arrested for meeting with Dr. Riek? Because president Kiir is sitting on the thrown of dictatorship.

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