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South Sudan deports three American over lack of legal documents


Craig Lang , on the left (Facebook photo)
June 27, 2017 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government Tuesday deported three American nationals after they were found to not be in possession of the legal document allowing them to enter the country.

“We received comprehensive reports from local authorities in Kapoeta State, Immigration and the Military Intelligence of Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) that on 20 June, three Americans attempted to enter the country without proper documents,” said police spokesman Brig. Daniel Justin when reached to comment on the media reports.

"Their visas had not been approved, they were not tourists nor investment agents. They stayed for three days in Narus until they were returned to Kenya. This is the only information we have received," Brig. Justin further told Sudan Tribune

He further said that the government, through the Ministry of Interior and other relevant offices decided to return the US nationals to Kenya on 22 June after they were found to not be in possession of valid visas.

“Kenya was their point of entry, so they were asked to return to Kenya and they went. If they come back with legal documents, they would be welcomed,” said the police spokesperson.

The three Americans were identified as Alex Jared Zweifelholfer, Craig Austin Lang and William Wright-Martinovich.

Zweifelholfer, is a 21-year-old Private First Class of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 82nd Airborne Division. He is reportedly wanted in America since October 2016 for deserting his unit. Media reports also claim his social media posts indicate his participation in the Ukrainian civil war.

Lang, a 27-year-old former U.S. Army soldier, reportedly drove from his base in Fort Bliss Texas nonstop to North Carolina two years ago, with a car loaded with claymore mines and two M4 rifles after his partner allegedly sent him various videos of relations with other men.

The video reportedly provoked Lang to drive to North Carolina where he purportedly decided to mine the perimeter of the house in which his wife was living with claymores in an attempt to murder her. The former soldier later went to the Ukraine and participated in the civil war.

Media reports did not specify on which side of the war Lang participated in.

Little is known about Martinovich, a former U. S. Marine, who is also thought to have left the army to participate in the Ukrainian civil war.

American media reports indicate that the three are currently in detention in Kenya, while American authorities work towards securing their safe return to the U.S.


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  • 28 June 2017 00:30, by Kush Natives

    Look at these idiots, they even put in jail for a week and free them. Where were they thought they going? They are going to starts building the great wall in their country so that no one enter, and still undermining other countries by entering without legal documents. This is an insult to South Sudan government, if they’re playing Kenya,then this is a wrong country for them.

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  • 28 June 2017 02:00, by john akeen

    Is because we have rebels in our country it doesn’t mean you have to enter without comment

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  • 28 June 2017 04:07, by gatkhor Nueri

    Let them move free because country without law and good governance,our country no knows something true or good for the future of coming generation because people are desperate for hungry.

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    • 28 June 2017 04:32, by Kush Natives

      gatkhor Nueri,
      Call them to Pagak, we don’t have time for those useless rebels supplementary devils.

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      • 28 June 2017 08:47, by Eastern

        Kush Natives,

        Isn’t Pagak in South Sudan? I though Kiir is in control of the whole of South Sudan....

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        • 28 June 2017 10:00, by Kush Natives

          Yes Pagak is a part of South Sudan. But, you lack an analysis based on your rebels principals.

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    • 28 June 2017 09:54, by Kush Natives

      gatkhor Nueri,
      We a laws in South Sudan, only rebels are the only one left out to understand them, because you’re just looking for foods not rules. Confused elements

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  • 28 June 2017 08:59, by Dengda

    Lunatic government, why deported them to the third country? Instead of detain them here in the country and consult their government through USA embassy, don’t lunatic government knows it also sources of generating revenues when American government decide to extradite them or lobby for their release!!!!!.

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    • 28 June 2017 09:25, by Sunday Junup

      When did South Sudan have law? Last time they used their naked eye to identified Sudan Air force

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    • 28 June 2017 09:29, by Redeemer

      We are not Riek IO trade humans, last time they said they release Indians whom they abducted in oil field only to learn from Indian media that they were released after heavy price was paid

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  • 28 June 2017 10:20, by Terror Juba

    Is the Ethiopian, Kenyans, Ugandans do ve legal documents?
    please clean your home first before jumping anywhere...
    you think the kenyan government will just allow those people to cross without proper document....
    south sudanese in kenya, kenya police will look for you even the residential... and here they move freely and not paying even for the visa and work permit....

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  • 29 June 2017 12:45, by gatkhor Nueri


    Government of (Kuel) or Government of Kleptocracy there is any Rule?
    if there is a rule and why they kill everybody in South Sudan 2013 Up-to now?

    Shame on you my dear.

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  • 29 June 2017 12:46, by gatkhor Nueri


    Government of fool people or Government of Kleptocracy there is any Rule?
    if there is a rule and why they kill everybody in South Sudan 2013 Up-to now?

    Shame on you my dear.

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  • 29 June 2017 14:12, by Aguer Atem Bair

    These are part of the American group of veterans soldiers trying to help the rebel to effect regime change. Why beat about the bush. Which American can travel all the way to Nairus without any reason and coindently a former soldier?

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