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James Dak’s family renews calls for South Sudan president to release him


James Gatdet Dak sits inside the dock in the High Court in Juba, South Sudan February 12, 2018. (Photo Reuters-Samir Bol)
August 26, 2018 (JUBA) - The family of the imprisoned SPLM-IO leader spokesperson Sunday renewed calls for his release from jail saying he developed a variety of health problem.

Last Monday, the South Sudanese government announced the release of 21 political prisoners "as a sign of peace" but their identities were not disclosed. The move came after the signing of an agreement on the outstanding issues of governance in Khartoum on 5 August.

The government and opposition groups on 27 June 2018, signed the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement, where they committed themselves to a permanent ceasefire, including, the opening of humanitarian corridors, and release of prisoners of war and political detainees.

James Gatdet Dak’s family said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune that he was not among the freed political prisoners and called on President Salva Kiir to release him.

"We appeal to the President to follow through his promise in releasing James and as good gesture for peace," said his wife Mary Nyahok Chuol in a statement she sent from a European country where she is in exile with their children.

"My husband needs serious medical attention as his health deteriorates by the day," Chuol further added.

on 12 February 2018, a special court in Juba sentenced James to death by hanging, but his lawyers described the verdict as a political decision.

Chuol said they had great hope that President Kiir orders his release soon especially as the parties are now finalizing the implementation matrix of the revitalized peace agreement.

"We have been waiting all this time hoping to see you taking practical steps for the release of James Gatdet Dak," she pointed out.

The spokesperson of the former first vice president was arrested in Nairobi and deported by the Kenyan authorities to Juba on 3 November 2016 because he praised a UN report blaming a Kenyan general who was the UNMISS former force commander for his failure to protect civilians in Juba during the bloody clashes of July 2016.


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  • 27 August 11:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    If Mr Dak is not released amongst 21 political prisoner that were said to have been release. Then who were actually freed? Political ghosts or mirage of freedom for the imprisoned political actors of opposition brand!!

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    • 27 August 15:03, by jubaone

      Viewing through our tribal lenses, reasonable Nuers and nyagats in the jienge republic would fight to get their own free. But what does it matter, if Nuers e.g in Juba PoC kill themselves? If nyagats aren’t bothered by this, why should jienges even bother? Nuers are themselves their worst enemies. Sad for James Gatdet

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  • 27 August 20:04, by Joseph Canada

    The unknown Gunmen were released!!

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  • 27 August 22:21, by lino

    Why the Konyo Konyo Government released right away people like Peter Biar Ajak and Dr. Jok Madut while others from different tribes are behind bars?!!! Though all of them talk shit about the regime!!! Double standard!!!

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  • 29 August 09:11, by William

    It indicated that Reik Machar rebellion based on position but not about nation. Thanks you guys who commented on this article about releasing James. I want S. Sudanese who really want peace to support James Dak’s family. Signing peace without releasing him is not peace at all. I don’t believe only 4 individual commented. where are the rebels. I think they forget their important person.

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