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September 6, 2017 (WASHINGTON) - The United States administration has sanctioned on two senior South Sudanese government officials, a former military general and three South Sudanese companies for undermining peace, security, and stability in the war-torn country.

On Wednesday, the U.S. departments of State and Treasury announced penalties against South Sudan’s deputy defence chief, Malek Reuben, the information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth and the ex-military chief of staff, Paul Malong.

The sanctions, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said, simply freezing any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions, banning them from travelling to the U.S and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

In addition, sanctions imposed by the U.S. affect three firms owned by Reuben. These include All Energy Investments, A+ Engineering, Electronics & Media Printing and Mak International Services.

The U.S Treasury Department, according to the statement, also issued a notice to banks warning that doing business with these South Sudanese officials and companies who are suspected of laundering money obtained through corruption may bring penalties.

“Treasury will forcefully respond to the atrocities ongoing in South Sudan by targeting those who abuse human rights, seek to derail the peace process, and obstruct reconciliation in South Sudan,” it adds.

John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and Founding Director at the Enough Project, said actions taken by the U.S State Department are critical steps forward, but that much more needed to be done.

“Individual sanctions are inadequate in the face of the violent kleptocratic system that has been assembled under President [Salva] Kiir’s administration,” said Prendergast in a statement on Wednesday.

“The only way to impact the calculations of those doing irreparable damage to the world’s newest country is to impose network sanctions on the leadership of the government and rebels and their commercial collaborators, both domestic and international”, it adds.

The network sanctions, Prendergast said, should be combined with aggressive anti-money laundering initiatives to really undermine their ability to move illicit finances through the international banking system.

“No peace effort has a chance of succeeding until a serious cost has been imposed on those who are profiting from war both financially and politically,” he added.

Meanwhile, Debra LaPrevotte, a senior investigator at The Sentry said the action taken by the U.S. government is a welcome step to address the grand corruption The Sentry investigations have helped bring to light.

“The illicit financial dealings of those responsible for the suffering in South Sudan mirror the methods used by kleptocratic leaders in other countries, including places like Ukraine and Malaysia, where the U.S. government has helped to recover billions in stolen wealth,” said LaPrevotte.

“The Sentry will continue to follow the assets of South Sudanese leaders and work to ensure strong action is taken,” she added.

In July 2015, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals accused of fuelling conflict in the world’s youngest nation. The generals, three from each side of the conflict, were meant to face global travel bans and asset freezes.

In November 2016, the United States demanded the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on the then SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth for hampering the peace process in South Sudan. The former First Vice President and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar was also on the proposed list.

South Sudan’s civil war, now in its four-year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million people.

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  • 6 September 20:54, by Eastern

    Fuck and fuck! That’s not enough....Makuei, Malek, et al are small fishes....I am ready to volunteer in naming more rotten fishes in the syndicate....

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    • 6 September 21:19, by Agany Malim

      Sanction will have not effect but ICC is the solution for the case of the leaders of ss who create war on pple such that they MUST face law rather freezing their assets

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    • 7 September 01:58, by South South

      Eastern,

      an ugly old man is just fury. Please leave South Sudan’s issues to big guys like me to deal with. There are too big for you coward. Remember where you hear first. US will not fight for you coward.

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      • 7 September 06:43, by Eastern

        South South,

        Fuck and Fuck! Big man shouldn’t fart because there are bigger men anyway....You are way below me and I am ahead of the curve. If you follow me on this forum, rest assured, you will always be disappointed. The New World Order is beginning to touch Kiir’s tribal government where it hurts.Don’t say I didn’t warn you...!

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        • 7 September 08:13, by South South

          Eastern,
          Oh, mentally retarded old man. You will be below for the rest of your life. The good things is this, we managed to scare you away from South Sudan. Kiir will be there until another hawk replace him when we decide to do so. No cat, dog, monkey and stupid people will be allowed to visit South Sudan, let alone talking to us.

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    • 7 September 07:16, by Midit Mitot

      Congratulation to US administration! at-least good start now, Makuei Lueth was the one killing innocents IDPs in Bor POC and yet you never react,this is excellent work now, go head to target more criminals in Juba regime.

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    • 7 September 07:39, by onekdominic996

      this is absolutely brilliant may God bless America Government with their support on this war torn nation south Sudan, those individual thought the Government work is their personal businesses nail at the right position cong!

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    • 7 September 07:42, by Joyuma John

      Dear South suadanse,
      let us not celebrate any move thtat does not add value to our country, let us askthe question, is that the first saanction being issued on south sudanse officials, if not then this US sanction is rubbish, it can not help stop south sudanse from current situation.

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    • 7 September 13:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Guys, remember, these guys can do business with Russia, China, and other countries that are not doing business with U.S. Bashir is most wanted person in the world, but he stills travel to other countries. Sanction never works. Learn from North Korea sanctions. How many years since they were sanctioned?

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  • 6 September 20:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Sanctions is not a weapon to solve South Sudan senseless civil war, created by Riek Machar and President Kiir, for the venerable citizens.
    Let US and international community find amicable way to bring everlasting peace to the people of South Sudan rather than series of sanction against Generals.

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  • 6 September 21:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This is not U.S made sanction, it cooked by Nüer group including oppositions who are against regime and against Dinkas.

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  • 6 September 21:07, by Mapuor

    Sanctions should be imposed on all the 75 thieves who plundered our country and syphoned our money to Britain, America,Australia and Canada.Those of Dr Riek Machar,Pagan Amum,Oyay Deng Ajak,James Hoth May,Gier Chuang Aluong,Jikoni the former controller of SPLA Accounts,all former governors of the defunct 10 states,and all former national ministers of Finance should be on the top of the list.

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  • 6 September 21:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Sanction Gen.
    1. Ex-army chief, Paul Malong.
    2. Malek Ruenben
    3. Micheal Makuei Lueth
    The above mentioned veterans politicains, have no Asset to in abroad.

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    • 6 September 21:13, by jubaone

      Jienge criminals and registered thugs. As for the stray street dog 🐶 Makuei, he needs a muzzle cos he has loose and uncontrollable tongue. Just too mouthy.

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      • 7 September 02:05, by South South

        jubaone,

        Your mouth is loose too, in the net you says very stupid things even though you are an ugly old man, your big unclean mouth is opened 24/7 a week to say lies and stupid things. We will get you one day, mark my words. Our hands are very long.

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        • 7 September 06:15, by jubaone

          South South,
          Shut up. You think I fear ya jienge boy? You know my position and If I catch any of your sort, I swear you will reg the day you ever were an MTN.

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          • 7 September 08:09, by South South

            jubaone,

            You are very afraid, that why you ran away from South Sudan, but now you are making empty noises in interment only. What a stupid old man!!!!!!!!

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            • 7 September 08:22, by jubaone

              South South,
              I am at war with the jienges criminals disguised as an army and it’s natural that we can’t be together except in frontlines. But you’re running away from hunger cos you are damn lazy and worthless. Jiengeland has no war yet you comfortably idle in Uganda or Kenya and just wait for crums and stolen dollars. Parasitic life 😝

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              • 7 September 09:52, by South South

                jubaone,

                You and I cannot be together in South Sudan, so who is to leave South Sudan? jubaone, the wicked guy who is nothing, but a big coward. Guess what, if there are bad things to come to South Sudan, your immediate family will pay a very heavy prices. We are here, we control it and we own it all together including Eqautoria, shut up loser!!!!!

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                • 7 September 13:25, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  You jienges without Equatoria would be running naked like primitive savages. We taught you how to wear pants, eat well with manners and live decent lives. We set trends how you live and thats why you jienge vagrants love Juba. You are like stray swine without Equatoria. Now your jienge kiirminal is trapped in Juba like a bushrat while you have fled to Uganda to beg. Ya MTN loser.

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  • 6 September 21:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    What about Kiir Mayardit, and Riek Machar, what is their sanction?

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  • 6 September 21:10, by Agany Malim

    That Action is welcome by common citizens in ss but it need more action as recoment by senatry. However we are suffering under the poor leadership of Kiir with his friends who loot the country with highest corruption i wish US should do more enough to bring peace in ss

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  • 6 September 21:19, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Individual saction in term of global travel bans n freezing personal assets as president DONALD TRUMP put it is just like stopping some freedom of movement n by the way South Sudanese official doesn’t even have an annual leave!does this means that they love jobs or is it beco3 they re engage by wars? Personal Saction mean nothing to them,amicable personal approach can be the key here

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    • 6 September 21:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      I have never heard of South Sudanese personnel on the topic list of the World wealthy folks; I wonder this might be the case here, they term this as public liability n corrupted assets, Lord remove our names from damns records, so that my name be included in the worldly richest bourgeoisie

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  • 6 September 23:18, by dinkdong

    That was a good move, but it is not completed. They should have included Kiir and Riek.

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  • 7 September 03:47, by Kush Natives

    US need to back off on South Sudan government! North Korea is out of their control and they don’t even talk about it. I don’t see any fairness except the big fishes business.

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  • 7 September 07:07, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudanese should not celebrate this lope sided US sanction which to me is nothing but bitter feeling from the US and SPLA-IO for the decisive successful roles played by these three guys in crashing the ugly sinful tribal rebellion of Riek Machar in South Sudan with US backing.

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  • 7 September 07:12, by Lenin Bull

    SPLA-IO militia generals such as Ochan fighting and causing havoc in Maiwut, Gen.Welebe Wesley is killing civilians along high in Greater Equatoria region, and Gen.Gabriel Lam is attacking South Sudan using Sudan-South Sudan border west of the Nile in the Shilluk Kingdom and US is dumb on them. What about Lam Akol and his NDM? US is no longer neutral.

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  • 7 September 07:17, by Lenin Bull

    The best solution is to outlaw anybody who has taken up arms in South Sudan and ask for ceasefire, interim period and general elections. Why has the same America failed to document those killing innocent poor helpless civilians along high ways in Equatoria and sanction them if US is so serious? This is a strategy to weaken President Salva Kiir’s gov,t so that it will finally fall. Watch out.

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    • 7 September 07:46, by Eastern

      Some hapless folks may have been killed along the highways but the cost of the actions of dinka militias the Mathiang Anyoor on Equatorian villages far out-ways that. The US is faced with onerous task of footing the bill of the humanitarian assistance. When the UN (made up of global experts) tell Makuei he knows little, the man wants to ridicule the global body...Fire on the mountain...!

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    • 7 September 08:28, by jubaone

      Lenin Bullshit,
      The Kiirminal is already fallen and has been reduced to a mere "Juba Mayor". He can’t move, not even to Luri and feel safe. He us trapped like a scared rat and has no escape. Soon we shall drag him out like Sadam Hussein from a foxhole. Forget him, he is drinking now to death 💀 and officiates only with worthless decrees.

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    • 7 September 20:50, by Kuch

      Lenin Bull,
      US is just wasting her time & South Sudanese people’s time to be honest on issues to do with our country & our people. The US, the UN & its NGOs have long since lost it in our country. But they still continue to make themselves relevance with these so-called sanctions & propaganda of theirs. That only some fools would take them seriously>>>

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      • 7 September 20:59, by Kuch

        The Anglo-America bully is crumbling behind their neath & so the evils (the US, the UK & some of their lap dogs in the UN) are throwing every slime at their disposal to anyone leaders around the world or a country that don’t *bow down & worship* their evil empire building, world Street, Washington, London or Brussels. But the evils do not know that here in South Sudan. It is a country where people

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        • 7 September 21:07, by Kuch

          >>>have an attitude & an absolute contempt to any evil on earth who thinks, he/she can stand over our necks. Anyway, there are some few some South Sudanese who want to be re-colonized by the US, the UK, their UN & their marauding NGOs in exchange for free UN food rations. But some of these South Sudanese are our usual losers anyway. Where did the US & the UK sanctions & embargoed of leaders>>>

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          • 7 September 21:17, by Kuch

            like Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro led them to? Absolutely no where. The US has sanctioned the Syrians, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Russia, Iran, North Korea, North Sudan etc leaders. But those countries don’t want to give their countries to corporate America or European banking cartels. I just don’t get it. Do the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs consider themselves to be colonists?>>>

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            • 7 September 21:25, by Kuch

              Some of our Riek Machar low lives who often call themselves to be more knowledgeable than everybody else in South Sudan just seem not to be telling the South Sudanese people exactly as whom their allegiance lies. But many of us know them what they really are, our South Sudanese usual traitors---they just want to goaded into these so-called UN POCs & be used as blackmails & bargaining cards by our>

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              • 7 September 21:34, by Kuch

                new enemies of the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs who think, that they can occupy & colonize our country & our people on the *disguise & pretext* of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their creepy so-called human rights business scams. But the evils have been informed time & time again to their damn bullsihts elsewhere>>>

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                • 7 September 21:39, by Kuch

                  no one wants the evils white Americans, English people, their UN & creepy NGOs usual dirty intrigues in our country whatsoever. My fellows South Sudanese, I always post on this web site & other websites that what the evil corporate America, the UK, their NGOs & their UN are desperately shopping in our country & against our people is not going to end very well fellows>>>

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                  • 7 September 21:45, by Kuch

                    The US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs even know their Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion has been crashed but they continue to propagate their lies after lies that there is still a real armed rebellion. What part of South Sudan do their Riek Machar proxy fools still control really? None that I know of. But to keep lying that there still a potent armed rebellion in the country is good business>>>

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                    • 7 September 21:51, by Kuch

                      for the UN & its NGOs. And also a good business for the evils in the US & the UK to blackmail & bargaining their evil selves into country. Something that we are not going to allow it to happen under our watch in our country. Our Riek Machar idiots who want to sell our country to evil corporate America, the UK, their UN & their NGOs, this is what they are after in our country fellows>>>

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                      • 7 September 22:00, by Kuch

                        The US, the UK & their allies want to let our country borrow money from their so-called ’IMF & World Bank cartels & loan sharks’ and then handcuffed our country & people to their exorbitant fees & then bring their own so-called *World bank & IMF experts* to come country & set up their so-called "financial reforms & austerity measures">>>

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                        • 7 September 22:12, by Kuch

                          that have nothing to do with our country & our people’s situations & interests, but "financial reforms & austerity measures" that are of interests to World Bank & IMF banking cartels & loan sharks. And then the corporate America banking cartels would just siphoned off our resources to get back their loans. And also wedged in their banking cartels feet into every house hold in our country to which>

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                          • 7 September 22:20, by Kuch

                            they (the US, the UK & their allies) would always use as ’blackmails & coercion’ should they want to bully our ’country or any leader’ who doesn’t want to bow down & worship their empire building, Wall street or London’. My fellow Riek Machar supporters, we all want to trade with any country on earth, but the evil corporate America & some country’s like the UK excesses & intrigues are not suitable

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                            • 7 September 22:32, by Kuch

                              >>>for our country & our people trust me fellows. Countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone & some other countries with riches have been borrowing & traded with the likes of the US & the UK for more than 6o years. But what do these countries get in return from the US, the UK & their allies----looting of their country’s resources & infect their people with Ebola virus>>>

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                              • 7 September 22:39, by Kuch

                                So my fellow Riek Machar supporters, many countries in our own Africa are even extricating themselves from the US & the European so-called World Bank & IMF banking cartels & loan sharks. So why would we want to hand over our country & our selves to these world greedy thieves? It is because of our sheer stupidity & naivety. Yes, we would want to trade the US & other countries but the trade>>>

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                                • 7 September 22:45, by Kuch

                                  of blackmails, coercion, control of our country & our people & the US & the UK usual shifty intrigues are no brainier fellows. Fellows, people have to be honest to themselves. I am not a fan of evil corporate America & English people establishment & their dirty intrigues. It is this simple.

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  • 7 September 11:33, by Majesty

    These American sanctions and embargo are as stupid as those who initiated them. They are ineffective in many parts of the world especially in Africa. If there’s anything this will do, it will instead of peace encourage armed violence by rebels.

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  • 7 September 17:49, by Sunday Junup

    Now the next list is coming soon! Those thugs has to know that Donal Trump is not like Obama. No two side to be blamed anymore!

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