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S. Sudan appeal court quashes presidency corruption case, orders re-trial

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April 11, 2017 (JUBA) – The Court of Appeal reviewing the case against the 16 accused persons convicted to life imprisonment for alleged involvement in corruption at the office of the South Sudanese president has quashed the case and ordered that the accused persons be re-tried.

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Juba high court where the case was being tried (Radio Tarmajuz)

The court, in an 80-page ruling, also directed that the accused persons remain at Juba Central Prison during re-trial as the ruling directed.

The defence advocates representing the 16 accused persons and prison authorities were served with the copies of the judgment on Tuesday.

The 16 accused were arrested by the General Intelligence Bureau on different dates starting with John Agou and his employees from Click Technologies Ltd premises on 29 May 2015. Two senior presidential aides, who included the former chief administrator, Mayen Wol Jong and the ex-executive director, Yel Luol Koor were also suspended and placed under investigation.

The 16 were accused of alleged involvement in forgery, fraud, conspiracy to defraud the government, money laundering and terrorism financing among many other charges, which, according to the prosecution, resulted in the loss of $14 million and SSP 30 million from the president’s office.

They were detained, investigated for over a year before being charged in court on 22 February 2016, tried for four months, sentenced and convicted to life imprisonment on 13 June 2016.

Last month, the families of four Kenyans jailed in South Sudan held a vigil in the capital, Nairobi to demand their release. The event took place at Intercontinental hotel where the South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir was at the time residing ahead of the heads of states summit, held in the Kenyan capital.

On 29, March 2015, the four Kenyans working in South Sudan were arrested for alleged involvement in corruption at South Sudan’s presidency, tried without lawyers and sentenced to 72 years in jail. The four, who worked at Click Technologies Ltd, included Boniface Chuma, Ravi Ghaghda, Antony Keya and Anthony Mwadime.

Their families said the process that led to arrests, detention, trial and eventual sentencing of the four Kenyans fell short of internationally-accepted principals of a fair hearing.

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  • 11 April 19:29, by Mi diit

    The kangaroo life sentencing at it best in Juba...JCE and incompetent Kiir must be forced to park and leave for the common good of the suffering people of south Sudan.

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    • 11 April 19:51, by Mi diit

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      • 11 April 20:03, by Mi diit

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  • 11 April 20:00, by Kush Natives

    Now they become knowing the words "steal and still" are different in meaning. Keep them in jail for life, but make sure that they get an enough foods, so that they don’t die shamelessly. Those of Taban should go to jail as well. Bunch of thieves occupied you Mr. president. 3/4 of J1 are there just to finish this lovely country.

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    • 11 April 20:10, by Mi diit

      Dear Kush Natives,

      The court isn’t actually an independent court but a kangaroo court. Imagine! Those who ought to be trail and executed are left walking with law in their hands while the victims face everything. Things are taken for granted...Blah blah court of JCE regime😂😂😂 🤡🤡🤡🤣🤣🤣

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      • 11 April 21:06, by Kush Natives

        Mi diit,
        There’s nothing kangaroo government can do about them, those folks looted more than they were hired for. So, lets blame it less on other individuals. They’re the one who invited the laws of the land into their hands.

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        • 12 April 07:08, by Midit Mitot

          Kuch Natives,
          imagine, top government officials were looting good amount since 2017 including Kiir himself and yet being pursue.many those guys are innocence.

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  • 11 April 21:01, by Eastern

    The invisible hands of Uhuru Kenyatta are seen here at play......!

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    • 11 April 21:36, by Lino Gai Akok

      No dought, those convicted on corruption charges must still face the law despite of their appeal if they were really proved guilty so that others will not repeat the same.

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    • 12 April 14:45, by Kuch

      Mr.Eastern, where does Uhuru Kenyatta fit in here in the South Sudan’s country problems? Mr. Eastern, we have been informing you (the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan), fools that the game you fools have been playing against the South Sudanese is over. Look for another country chap to play your dirty game dirty game with>>>

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      • 12 April 18:53, by Eastern

        Kuch,

        Village man, I don’t have to point to you where Uhuru’s hands are in this case. Read my comment and internalise it! I am not an Arab and there’s no place called North Sudan. There may be northern Sudan and southern Sudan in the Republic of the Sudan but not what you moron keeps yelping on this forum! Please see a psychiatrist ASAP! Moron!

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  • 11 April 23:40, by engatuny

    Please hold your breath! The retrial as announced by the court of appeal means the initial prosecution proceedings was not fair...thus a blow to our judicial system. If the accused are allowed to access lawyers, as a requisite for the retrial as ordered, then you are in for a shock...............! Lets see if the suspects will not be let free at the end of retrial!

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  • 12 April 08:06, by real Dinka

    This stupid drunkard president Kiir does not know what to do in this country, otherwise both Kiir and power greedy RIek must leave to give peace a chance to South Sudanese people.

    I care for my citizens

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    • 12 April 08:10, by Mi diit

      Real Dinka,

      You actually are a rean Dinka from your comment. Better fake Dinka than the real Dinka.

      Dr. Machar Teny ( Messiah ) isn’t going any where. He must first liberate us such that he quits.

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      • 12 April 09:12, by Theallseeingeye

        Mi diit
        Real Dinka is right. I think you are posses by spirit of tribalism like the rest of those miserable Dinkas too. I think few like you would deny the fact that Riek is a part of this mess taking place in the country because of power greed.

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        • 12 April 09:55, by Mi diit

          Theallseeingeye

          I’m not a tribalist but a nationalist that is why I’m unconditionally following Dr Machar Teny.

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  • 12 April 10:52, by Kat Cok

    Imagine, if South Sudanese were involved in such a crime in Kenya, what will they do for them? Some gossip people are supporting in blind for the trial.

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  • 12 April 13:57, by Agutthon

    Charge them with treason, not less that is why they and relatives are complaining.

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