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S. Sudan military court jails 10 soldiers for rape, murder

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September 6, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s military court on Thursday handed jail sentences to 10 soldiers accused for raping foreign aid workers and murdering a local journalist in the capital, Juba.

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Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)

The incident in Terrain Hotel, a luxurious facility accommodating foreigners and employees from the United Nations agencies, was attacked by suspected government soldiers loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir on 11 July when fighting erupted between rival forces of the South Sudan’s former first vice president, Riek Machar.

12 soldiers were on trial, but while one was freed for lack of evidence charged, another died under unclear circumstances during the trial.

Thursday’s ruling has sentences ranging from seven years to life. The court also ordered the government to pay damages to the victims.

Each of the rape survivors are to be given $4,000 in compensation, the court ordered and that government pays 51 heads of cattle to the slain journalist’s family.

Thursday’s court session in the South Sudan capital was delivered in a courtroom, which had several diplomats, aid workers, among others

At least five foreign aid workers were raped when government troops entered the hotel premises, victims of the incident testified.

Meanwhile the military court ordered government to pay more than $2m in damages to the Terrain Hotel proprietor, Mike Woodward.

WELCOME VERDICT

The campaign group, Amnesty International lauded the court ruling.

“After much foot dragging, today’s convictions and sentences represent a first step towards ending chronic impunity in South Sudan, where both government forces and the armed opposition have committed human rights violations and crimes under international law, with complete disregard for human life,” said Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

These convictions, he added, must lead to the crucial next step of ensuring justice for all crimes committed in the ongoing armed conflict, by first and foremost, setting up the much-delayed Hybrid Court for South Sudan agreed in 2015.

“South Sudanese leaders must keep up the momentum towards ending the climate of impunity in the country,” stressed Magango.

The South Sudanese government had earlier said the Terrain hotel trial showed its “commitment to human rights, the rule of law and transparency of the legal system”.

The trial of the soldiers was seen as a test for the young nation facing a bloody civil war, which has seen tens of thousands of people killed and over 4 million displaced.

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  • 6 September 13:32, by Eastern

    What an insult...! A paltry $4,000 for each gang-raped foreign woman raped by these Mathiang Anyor. These goons deserve more than their cousins in SPLA are handing down on them!

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    • 7 September 16:10, by Marco A. Wek

      Eastern, how much did North Sudanese armies pay your mother’s and sisters whom they rapped during the North-South civil war?

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  • 6 September 23:56, by Theone

    The good news is that all of you HATTERS live abroad in welfare with no chance to return to our country.

    You are the PARASITE in those countries and more parasite in Southern Sudan.

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    • 7 September 00:35, by Eastern

      That word is HATERS; SOUTHERN SUDAN is a foreign region in the Sudan encompassing the Nuba mountains, etc...Why don’t morons get seated by this time....?

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      • 7 September 14:11, by South South

        Eastern, please correct Joseph Canada’s English to us.

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        • 7 September 14:12, by South South

          Eastern,
          Joseph Canada
          First of all what ar their names? Second, by whose command did they enter that property? Am ve y sure those jailed are poor equatorian or Nuer die hard in that government. Lastly to that Idiot who think people are parasites in diaspora have no idea that you are eating our hard earned sweat cash from the high taxes we pay to o the Government, who give it to the U.N. who then

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    • 7 September 13:14, by Paul

      Theon, only South Sudanese see their feollow countrymen as parasites in foreign lands. Uganda and Kenya do not look at them that way, but as great source of remittents they send for their people living and studying in EA. Also, SS gov’t knew the importance of remittents.

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      • 7 September 13:18, by Paul

        CORRECT: This damn auto-correct r!! Remittance, NOT remittents

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        • 8 September 07:17, by Pakuai

          "South Sudan military court jails 10 soldiers for rape, murder" You are wasting your damed time your are rooting for time if these SPLM/A soldiers your so-called convicted’ on raping anyone, let your *Gods* go and ask your Gods. We will are here fellows, I am the one who will help bomb your so-called *israel Jerusalam* and give its it rightful owners, *people of Palestinians*>>

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  • 7 September 03:23, by Joseph Canada

    First of all what ar their names? Second, by whose command did they enter that property? Am ve y sure those jailed are poor equatorian or Nuer die hard in that government. Lastly to that Idiot who think people are parasites in diaspora have no idea that you are eating our hard earned sweat cash from the high taxes we pay to o the Government, who give it to the U.N. who then in turn keep your ass!

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  • 7 September 12:57, by Paul

    Since when did the South Sudan see in diaspora become parasites for foreign to South Sudan. Mind you that most South Sudan see in diaspora have fought and suffered in the civil war that led to independence. Theon, you are too arrogant to even know your place. Where do you think the money you are currently servicing on or used to run the current government come from. Remittents!!! If only you k

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    • 7 September 13:00, by Paul

      Since when did the South Sudanese in the diaspora become parasites for foreign to South Sudan? Mind you that most South Sudanese in the diaspora have fought and suffered in the civil war that led to independence. Theon, you are too arrogant to even know your place. Where do you think the money you are currently servicing on or used to run the current government come from? Remittents!!! If only you

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      • 8 September 06:30, by Pakuai

        Paul,
        Do you lowly lives think that we will allow the South Sudan losers, trtaitors/Nyagats, thieves & foreign puppets to our country simnply & our people used to live in * other countries*? Good luck chap. Go & us those South Sudanese to well come your *evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abesh (their so-called ethiopians), Nigerians & Bantus>>>

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