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SPLM-IO calls for regional, international pressures to allow medical access to James Dak

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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)
March 30, 2018 (JUBA) - The Opposition SPLM-IO called for urgent regional and international pressures on the South Sudanese government to allow the death-sentenced spokesperson of the group leader James Gadet Dak access to necessary medical care and family visits. to which he is entitled under international human rights law.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday SPLM (IO) Director of Information and Public Relations Puok, Both Baluang said Dak is currently sick and has been suffering from High blood pressure and Typhoid/Malaria.

Riek Machar’s spokesperson has been denied access to doctors, medication or visitation rights and "other harsh treatments during nights by the regime security operatives in Juba", further said the statement.

"The SPLM/SPLA (IO) condemns in the strongest words such barbaric and terroristic act, Which amounted to a flagrant violation of human rights. The movement, therefore, calls on the IGAD, AU, Troika and the UN for rapid intervention in order to spare James Gatdet’s Life."

On 13 February, a South Sudanese special court sentenced Dak to death by hanging for treason. He had unlawfully detained by the Kenyan authorities and transferred from Kenya to South Sudan in November 2016.

Amnesty International called to quash the death sentence on Dak pointing he had no legal representation for more than a month.

"The South Sudanese government should immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing this cruel and inhuman penalty," said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa.

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  • 31 March 07:38, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Puok Bulang

    James Gatdet Dak is already sentence to death by hanging, he is a death body, don,t ask International community to presure Juba regime for release, but ask your Dr. Riak to release the death body of Gatdet Dak for burial, forget about his health.

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    • 31 March 07:52, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Puok bulang

      Continues asking the very people who push you to fight gov,t for help, to fight on your behave, because your damn I.O have nowhere to seen in south sudan.

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    • 4 April 08:08, by Midit Mitot

      Garang Akeen,

      You are a remnant nincompoop in this Country, there is proverb saying that, whenever you are running after someone then something is running after you. therefore, if you are laughing for James Gatdet Dak death sentence, so your time will come like that. otherwise sorry! Gatdet will be free soon from that such a prison.

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  • 31 March 10:15, by Eastern

    Garang Akeen,

    Now your English language is SUPERB! Killing James Gatdet Dak is doing one thing, but fighting multiple rebellions by the regime is quite another! The cattle camp champions in Juba masquerading as a government whereas not is what you should be worried about!

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  • 31 March 23:32, by One people

    Hahahahaha are you serious? Who is James Gatdet Dak that you want the international community to go waste their time on? It looks likes SPLM-IOs they have lost trust in themselves, it looks like they don’t know what to do anymore. James Gatdet Dak is under SPLM-IO responsibility, international community aren’t responsible for James Gatdet Dak. Not anything you want to run to IC

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