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Former South African military sentenced to death in Juba


William John Endley, a South African national and an adviser to Riek Machar, stands in the dock, as his Lawyer looks on, in the High Court in Juba, February 13, 2018. (Reuters photo)
JUBA, Feb. 23 (JUBA) — A South Sudanese court Friday sentenced to death a former South African military who worked with the former South Sudanese First Vice President on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.

In addition to charges of conspiracy, Colonel William John Endley was accused of illegal entrance into South Sudan, espionage, conspiracy, waging an insurgency, and terrorism.

The retired army colonel was a military expert recruited to advise on the preparation and integration of the rebel fighters into the national army after the return of their leader to Juba in April 2016.

Endley was "sentenced to death by hanging" for espionage and conspiring to overthrow the government, said judge Ladu Armenio Sekwat the same judge who pronounced sentence on Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak, on 12 February.

The judge said evidence got from his laptop showed he provided the rebels with information that helped them in military engagement against the government army

The South African adviser was arrested in August after the eruption of clashes between the two armies in Juba one month before his arrest.

His lawyer Gardit Abel Gar said they would appeal the ruling.

He also contested the sentence saying it is against the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December 2017 before the launch of the political forum for the revitalization of a peace deal brokered by the IGAD.

A South African, daily the Citizen reported that Endley before to work in South Sudan worked in Iraq as a private military contractor doing demining following his retirement from r South African National Defence Forces engineers.


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  • 24 February 07:01, by South South

    President Kiir should sign his death immediately. This is a very dangerous person.

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    • 24 February 09:13, by lino

      You will hear his pardon soon from your uncle Kiir as he did for his friends the Kenyans who stolen the people money from the Kiir’s Office and house?!!

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  • 24 February 13:46, by Kush Natives

    Since rebels is completely dismentaled in south sudan, we started cleaning up the junk mail folder, all traitors MUST be hang ASAP. The cases of those spyers must remain closed for good. South Sudan government MUST starts drawing a red line for spyers individuals who’re working against the state.

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    • 24 February 19:22, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Rewrite your article in clear and understandable English, if that us difficult, then write in Thokjienge. Such are the worthless jienges that purport to be learned and could be a minister. OMG! Idiots and fools to lead a country????

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  • 24 February 14:14, by EastSudanisHeaven

    I hope he is not a war junki , or just ‘ a divide and rule personalities’ whose only interest is selling weapons to poor African nations and hinder their natural development
    Wake up African and work for the True Liberation Of African not the faked one.

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  • 25 February 14:49, by Alexander The Great

    That’s the government signalling a statement of intent that they are incharge and can do anything they want at anytime. The opposition groups must not only be afraid but be very afraid afraid.

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