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South Sudanese president’s general amnesty excludes former rebel spokesperson


August 28, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir may have granted general amnesty to all his political opponents, their supporters and those who participated in the country’s civil war, but the pardon did not apply to rebel leader Riek Machar’s former spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak who is in jail.

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James Gatdet Dak, Riek Machar’s spokesperson ’Reuters photo)

The presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune that the amnesty does not cover Dak because he did not respond to it and came to the South Sudan capital, Juba under a different circumstance.

“Gatdet is not covered by the general amnesty. He came to Juba under different circumstance. The case is already before the court, so the president can not intervene before the court makes a decision,” said Ateny.

“It is within the jurisdiction of the court to either convict or acquit him”, he added.

The former rebel spokesperson was kidnaped in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi in November last year and deported to Juba after Kenyan authorities approved his deportation, despite outcries and protests.

Last week, Dak appeared in a court restricted to the public and charges brought against him include; inciting violence (Article 52), treason (Article 64), disseminating false information to the detriment of South Sudanese national security (Article 75), and insulting the president (Article 76) under the South Sudanese Penal Code of 2008.

Barely a month ago, South Sudan released at least 30 political prisoners following an amnesty President Kiir had declared in May to facilitate the national dialogue initiated to reconcile warring parties.

Analysts say the move to free detainees without any precondition demonstrated Kiir’s determination to resolve the country’s civil war.

South Sudan has experienced violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Kiir and the country’s former First Vice-President saw the nation split along ethnic dimensions.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in the country’s worst ever violence in its post-independence period.


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  • 28 August 2017 23:24, by Theone

    This Khartoum agent is UNREPENTANT. Keep him Locked and throw the Keys AWAY.

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    • 29 August 2017 08:10, by Midit Mitot

      Shame on tribal leader,is Gatdet a different person from those whom you have given them amnesty? sorry! your leadership will not be recognize forever.

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  • 28 August 2017 23:34, by john locke

    So the guy is guilty for calling out kiirs corrupt government? One day kiir will be tried, and he will see what he did to the innocent people he killed. The blood of those people will forever haint him.

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  • 29 August 2017 01:25, by lino

    All SPLM/Aers are guilty of corruptions, lost of vision, and introducing violence to Sourh Sudanese communities and they must face justice ASAP.
    God is watching you all, and Dr. John Garang’s blood should go in vain!!!

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    • 29 August 2017 03:14, by South South

      James Gadet should get capital punishment. Many South Sudanese died because of his false and lies he was spreading everyday. Let him taste it.

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      • 29 August 2017 05:53, by Malakal county Simon

        South South

        So James Gatdet was the one who started the senseless war right????

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        • 29 August 2017 06:17, by padiit gaga

          Kirr does not like any one who may till his wrought doing he love who support his evil deed he tied to kill all Nuer to silent their politicians when started his senseless war but Nuer are watery who must not fear with killing it just increase their power when the got killed now kirr start killing none Dinka like native of Juba, chuluk etc the war spread to all region he thought

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        • 29 August 2017 06:20, by padiit gaga

          Kirr does not like any one who may till his wrought doing he love who support his evil deed he tied to kill all Nuer to silent their politicians when started his senseless war but Nuer are wary who must not fear with killing it just increase their power when the got killed now kirr start killing none Dinka like native of Juba, chuluk etc the war spread to all regions he thought

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        • 29 August 2017 11:51, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          James Gatdel must receive capital punishment, period. Anyone who is accused of high treason by his country must receive death penalty, no more games here. We are very serious and we want our country to be safe and clear from betrayers and traitors.

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          • 29 August 2017 13:05, by Free at Last Viva!

            South Sudan,
            So you know that James Gatdet is just "accused"? and why are you calling for his punishment if he has been accused by your tyrant government? Ateny Wek knows that there is no court and rule of law in his country that is why he said the court will decide Gatdet’s fate. No Problem, God is watching. Gatdet is like those who were killed by this regime since they knowingly killed Lam Chuol

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            • 29 August 2017 15:18, by South South

              Free at Last Viva!,

              James Gatdel is a traitor and when you are a traitor you are a traitor. Death penalty is waiting for you when you are caught, we got him. Talking about God in this situation will not help. When a criminal is caught and sent to judge he/she will be crying in name of God, will judge let him go because he cries in name of God? No

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              • 29 August 2017 16:51, by Free at Last Viva!

                South Sudan,

                James Gatdet is not a traitor (I hope you know what a traitor mean in English). Gatdet is a rebel fighting for liberation of this Young Nation from the hands of those who, for 21 years and more, fought for nothing. we were rebel when fighting Khartoum, we cannot now live like we were still in the bush. we deserve a descent life just like those who have a nation. But Kiir has turned

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              • 29 August 2017 16:59, by Free at Last Viva!

                that into nothing. Dr. Riek, Gatdet Dak’s boss,has for good eight years worked earnestly with President Kiir, to shape him into a good President, advising him, helping him as a V.President, telling him to change the country from what it is now into what it suppose to be, but your President did not gave a ear but only saw it as a criticism resulting into this non sense war

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                • 29 August 2017 17:41, by South South

                  Free at Last Viva!,

                  Please stop teaching me English, let’s focus on this bad man called James Gatdel. He is in fact a big traitor who wants to destroy South Sudan. Our hands are very long and we got him from Nairobi with sleeping clothes. He was sweating in winter, in a very cold weather when he arrived to Juba. Just watch what we will do with him, big time. Riek is a history, forget about him.

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      • 29 August 2017 09:42, by jubaone

        South South,
        It doesn’t matter if you kill him, afterall you killed thousands of innocent Nuers, Equatorians, Fertit, Collos etc. in cold blood. That all goes to your accounts and payback time is soon. Blood4blood, eye4eye.

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        • 29 August 2017 11:56, by South South


          You are nothing to me, but a coward. No one killed Nuers, Equatorias, fertit and collos. This is a big lie you are spreading through social media. All what we need is to put our house in order as a government of South Sudan. foolish talk like blood4blood or eye4eye are nothing but big talk of people who are unable to face tough thing on the ground.

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          • 29 August 2017 12:40, by jubaone

            South South,
            You have been warned. But as a foolish jienge, you ignore them. Only when we break your jienge skull 💀 then it will already be too late. Just try travelling today on our roads in Equatoria. Good luck MTN.

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          • 29 August 2017 12:43, by jubaone

            South South,
            You are nothing to me but a numbskull jienge. I should not even talk or communicate with you cos that is retrogressive, foolish and I get "juengenized" meaning I get more dullbrain.

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            • 29 August 2017 12:57, by South South


              Iam so glad you are making it clear to anyone that Iam in Juba and the only thing you want me to do is traveling from one place to another in Equatoira land, that’s what I have been doing since you ran away from me. Iam here, Iam ready and Iam doing action job. You are 10000 mile away from Juba. Coward!!!!!!

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              • 29 August 2017 14:18, by jubaone

                South South,
                Two things:
                1) Either you’re embedded with your nyors and travel in a convoy;
                2) Or you look like an Equatorian and you have no jienge trademarks or lose, flaccid and hanging lower lips like a typical jienge.

                But if you trave alone, good luck. Don’t forget to say farewell to your fellow jienges. It could be your last bye bye 🙋.

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                • 29 August 2017 15:12, by South South


                  You cannot put your foot prints to Juba, I do put my foot prints to Juba everyday, that alone is a big sign of me been a man you need to respect. Any coward who will try to harm us while traveling in Equatoria will receive very dear lesson he/she will not forget. Our job is to clear out rebels.Did I make myself clear? Sing while you are outside the country.

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                  • 30 August 2017 06:03, by jubaone

                    South South,
                    What about your stinking luak? Forget ya jienge, just enjoy your refugee life in Uganda or Kenya. Eat, dream and sleep, that is what jienges do best. You have never been to Juba at all, just on your way escaping to Uganda.

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  • 29 August 2017 07:31, by lou nuer

    One day one time you yourself Mr. President you will experience such an exclusion by releasing some political detainees and detained some. Make sure you will be detained like him in the future. He did like what other people do only that is very active more than the rest ot he didn’t apology to your administration which will never happen please. Let him die the way you want.

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  • 29 August 2017 07:39, by lou nuer

    Mr. President amnesty is to forgive those who did a wrong thing to you not only those who are your relatives or being requested by your supporters or detained your supporter opponent meaning that is not amnesty is selective forgiveness. You must release all of them despite who did what. But Mr. President your advisors are wrong advisors you’re good some how in some point. but you’re drive by them

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    • 29 August 2017 12:10, by BRIG. PENG KIMANG

      Bull and Kirr,

      You Dinkas have suck too much Nuer blood. Please set Gadet free.Enough mr killer. "Sad"

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  • 29 August 2017 21:41, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Those who are caught Redheaded in conjunction with the 2013 atrocity should face the music. No complaints no compromise, even it was my own brother he should face the necessity, there is no future of South Sudan if justice is not serves accordingly. FULL STOP

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