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South Sudan adjourns trial of soldiers suspected of committing crimes


Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)
MAY 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army (SPLA) said Tuesday it has adjourned the trial of at least 13 soldiers identified through witness testimony, physical evidence and confessions as having participated in committing crimes against civilians when clashes broke out between pro-government soldiers and troops loyal to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar in July 2016.

The soldiers, according to the military spokesperson, Colonel Santo Domic, were arraigned before a military court at the SPLA Headquarters in Giada on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 from 10 am to 12 p.m. They are accused of rape, looting and murder.

The military leadership in 2016 after the Terrain Incident appointed a team of military officers to investigate the alleged offences and to trace and apprehend those implicated in the incident. The military committee was directed to recover any property stolen or looted from Terrain and arrest anyone implicated in the atrocities.

On 16 August 2016, President Salva Kiir, issued the Republican Order No. 20/2016, appointing a committee to investigate alleged offences of murder, rape and property looting committed at the Terrain Hotel. The investigation committee comprised six members chaired by National Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Martinson Mathew Oturomoi.

The investigation committee took witness testimony from nearly 60 witnesses including the manager of the Terrain Hotel, Michael Woodward. He told the committee that at approximately 3.30 p.m. on 11 July 2016 government soldiers overran the Hotel’s compound. Between 50 and 100 soldiers stationed close to the hotel’s main gate on Yei Road forced their way into the compound, using guns and tyre levers.

There were nearly 30 staff members of international organisations sheltering at the hotel, including the Internews, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Dyncorp, United Nations Police and United States embassy subcontractor Management Systems International at the time the incident occurred.

The soldiers currently facing charges of rape, looting and murder have been taken to military courts in accordance with section 34 of the SPLA Act of 2008, which stipulates that criminal offences provided for under the Penal Code of 2008 shall be dealt with by the Military Courts. Rape is provided for under section 247 of the Penal Code of 2008 and punishable for a term not exceeding 14 years.


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  • 31 May 01:44, by Kush Natives

    Not just those accused alone, the unit commands MUST be brought to justice as well. Because they failed completely to applied the rules of laws.

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    • 31 May 08:28, by Midit Mitot

      Let them face the court starting from Malong Awan,If your senses are back to normal.

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  • 31 May 07:18, by Tilo

    Lock them behind bars, so that the rest of the soldiers out there can not attempt to violate and loot civilians property.

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  • 31 May 07:40, by jubaone

    Is the jienge army bothered cos these were"foreign women?" What about the thousands of defenseless women in Equatorian, Nuer, Collo and Fertit women? Show me how you treat your women and I’ll tell you what society you come from. These luakjiengs (nyors) are rapists cos that’s what they saw their fathers do unto their mothers. Their fathers raped at "cow point" nyors at gunpoint.

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    • 31 May 07:48, by jubaone

      To our non-jienge bros, we must blame ourselves for not having defended our sisters, mothers and all women from getting raped by these filthy luakjiengs bastards. This time, take all our women and children out so that we fight man-to-man. Never ever trust the jienge and handover any guns cos he uses his to terrorize and rape. Posses it like your own "p***s" eat and die 💀 with it. We must take car

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      • 31 May 10:40, by PEACE FOR ALL

        the tribal war your preaching will earn you nothing brother.
        when this soldiers are brought to court by the government for justice to prevail, you are still commenting on tribal line that shoe your are heartless to this nation.
        the language you are using here shows that your are foreigner who acquired citizenship through unorthodox mean. you said "nyors" this language was used by ...

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        • 31 May 10:59, by Rami Tot

          PEACE FOR ALL

          either you are the one of them or you are useless to easily blind fool by such useless saying on sudantribune, these people called Dinka have no ethic of life, since from day one during liberation they are known of their rapist and they can not control themselves, they ran to bilpam and comeback to raps fertite and balanda instead to fight with rezigat who occupied their land

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          • 31 May 12:00, by Rami Tot

            even when a Dinka community took other people belonging they don’t give it back simply because the children have seen it do you know this? they don’t judge themselves they dinka, therefore they don;t deserve for them to rule if they rule you will see south sudan like this, no way forword, they are just like animals, now they are representing themselves like Muslim arab who said they can not be rul

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        • 31 May 12:00, by jubaone

          Peace for All,
          It doesn´t hurt you afterall, it is not your sisters, mothers or nyanjienges that have been raped or being raped here. So just shut up. How would you have felt, if our men descended mercilessly upon your sisters? Thank God, there are civilized SS communities out there which dont do such beastly acts. Better more, they aren´t attracted to nyanjienges.

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      • 31 May 22:00, by The Rhino

        absolutely right comrade,those are splendid fervent points—nothing fits better.The contributors of present predicament on our lands are Wani"s",Lomoro and Lobong!These weak Equatorians contributed to the agony and despair of our women(old,underaged, disabled ...you name it).They paved the roads to those jieng animals to come here and inflict the pain to our unprotected valuables! The..

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        • 31 May 22:21, by The Rhino

          notion that "We are one South Sudan" was very wrong! We can’t be one people without respecting one another, and this gives the proof to the jiengs—that once an animal always an animal,and if you dare join or follow one,you end up being one.
          We Equatorians never went to luak republic with ill intent to dominate,mistreat,rape,loot or take advantage of the poor to gain power,—NEVER!—that one....

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          • 31 May 22:35, by The Rhino

            alone defines the highest degree of intellect which refers to respect and dignity towards your "own same fellow nationals".
            The jiengs have done too much damage to this country than we expected, and therefore a force must exist to grind them bottom-up,that is "a dead jieng is a good jieng" full stop..not until the fools wake up from M7 abuses and think large,we will not forgive them.

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            • 31 May 23:00, by The Rhino

              Fuck the National Dialogue if all sons of South Sudan are not included..i.e Thomas,Riak,Butrus and many other oppressed children of this nation.This country belongs to no particular tribe but ALL OF US, and every tribe has the full authority to exercise its natural essence within its territorial boundaries.

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  • 31 May 10:49, by PEACE FOR ALL

    Arabs when we fought for this country.
    Jubaone, you are known for tribalism nationwide to worldwide. your compering for tribal war will never happen as you want. we 64 tribes of South Sudan can solve our differences in one way or another, not through your tribal campaign to wipe out one tribe. but for your information Dinka is foolish majority and you can not finish them in one da

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    • 31 May 12:09, by jubaone

      Peace for All,
      If defending the rights of those being raped and terrorized by luakjienges (nyors) is tribalism, so be it. If the jienge keeps to himself and let others Keep to themselves, I have no problems. Did Equatorians, Collo, Fertits, Nuers, Murles etc. go to jiengelands to rape your sisters, mothers and aunts? So why do these luaknyors think they are? Pls stop your tribal bigotry.

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  • 31 May 13:43, by John Majak

    Non politician do not waste ur time insulting and creating tribalism. Less no peace could come to south sudan

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  • 31 May 15:26, by Kush Natives

    For those use Dinka names as a solution for this critical crisis as a means to solve problems, I would say, they have nothing completely to apply for their darkness contribution. Meaning, if this is how we views our country called South Sudan through tribal division, then our exit from correct our grievances will be far an achievable. Some of our commentators are trying to avert this country into

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    • 31 May 15:34, by Kush Natives

      Viable alternative country in order to coexist all of us, but there are few and many among us here who’re battling to bring this country down into its knee. Are we really here up to date with solving our issues that are affecting our country or are we just acting irresponsible?

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