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South Sudan rebel warns executing spokesman will affect reconciliation

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James Gatdet Dak sits inside the dock in the High Court in Juba, South Sudan February 12, 2018. (Photo Reuters-Samir Bol)
February 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The diaspora wing of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the former first vice president Riek Machar has warned the government against executing the death sentence on James Gadet Dak, former spokesman of the rebel leader, saying it will gravely affect the IGAD-led reconciliation process.

The head of the SPLM-IO in the United States of America said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune that the sentencing of Dak was a wrong move at the wrong time.

Isaac Gang also called on the region and international community to think twice and not treat the matter like the abduction of the two of their colleagues in neighbouring Kenya with significant attention and pressure on the two countries.

“In fact, if the death penalty were to be carried out – God forbids, we would like to inform the world that it will set the clock of reconciliation and healing back by no less than 100 years," said the statement.

The SPLM-IO official said the government, through the death sentence, might intend to deflect the attention from its refusal to sign the Declaration of Principles proposed by the mediators, however, the international community and the region should put the needed pressure on review this sentence.

The Troika in a statement released after the suspension of the second phase of the revitalization process on Friday recalled that the release of political prisoners is part of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The three countries which include two permanent members of the United National Security Council said ready to impose sanctions against officials deemed violators of the signed deal and encouraged the IGAD and the African Union to designate them and to make a request to the international body.

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  • 18 February 04:56, by Mayendit

    Isaac Gang.
    As a human being, there is no one will make celebration on the life of other human being but you must understand that, the purposed of setting government system such as law and order was to deal crimes and protected those people who are likely to be vulnerable. James Gatdet Dak is guilty by all account because he fuel the J1, fighting in 2016.

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    • 18 February 10:48, by Jubaa5

      2 separate armies is important at moment because it needs screening of the rebels and that of goverment army.
      You canot joining 2 armies together right away,it doesent make sense. Some soldiers need counselling and trainning before joining national army. some are criminals ,some are sick and some are old. separate army at least one year.It needs selections ,The whole of south sudan how many

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    • 18 February 17:06, by DKOne

      James Gadet have contributed to the lost of many innocence lives. He must die period.

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  • 18 February 05:08, by Mayendit

    Isaac Gang.
    I will not blaming you and others pro Riek Machar Teny, because some societies in South Sudan’s communities honoring and protecting the most criminals while denying the innocents people and Mr. Gatdet Dak is the good example. Gatdet Dak was the one who misinforming Riek Machar’s generals at Jebal Kujur site. Riek, Taban, Alfred Ladu and others were having meeting peaceful in Office.

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  • 18 February 05:19, by Mayendit

    Isaac Gang
    If we need reconciliation and healing in South Sudan, will it mean that, the law will not be allowed to do what is supposedly to be done as a nation? On August28/1991 at Nasir county, Riek Machar order fire-squad on 100 SPLA ranks from only Dinka tribe yet, the Dinkas people have forgive him and there was a reconciliation and healing happen so why this reconciliation and healing differ.

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  • 18 February 07:05, by dinkdong

    I don’t like Riek Machar and I generally don’t like the war caused by both him and Kiir Mayardit, but if I were the oppositions, then I would keep the two Kenyan pilots till Dak is released or spare life sentence. Make Kenyans pay for their greediness of involving in South Sudan’s civil war.

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    • 18 February 07:28, by Mayendit

      Dinkdong
      Be aware that, there are thousands South Sudanese living in Kenya country including people from Upper Nile regions. Kenyan’s government may caught South Sudanese living in her country more than two pilots and puts them in jail and nothing South Sudan’s government would do. I belief the two pilots have nothing to blamed them but Agency who brought Old cargo to South Sudan to harms us.

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      • 18 February 07:49, by dinkdong

        The dang Kenyans will join the party real soon. The damn Odinga will rebel against his ass Kenyatta and Kenya will be another African shit place. Where will they run?

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        • 18 February 14:17, by Redeemer

          Dear IO
          I now believe that Riek has done a great damage to his own people, they talk as if it is the other party who need reconciliation and as if they are the owners of reconciliation. Don’t forget that you need to come back the country. means u need it the most

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