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South Sudan releases more 5 former political detainees


Former SPLM-IO Governor of Kapoeta, Mrko Lokidor Lochapio (second L) after his release with 4 other prisoners outside the Blue House in Juba on 25 oct 2018 (ST Photo)
October 25, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government Thursday released a new batch of political detainees members of the main opposition group, including the former SPLM- IO appointed governor of Kapoeta, Mrko Lokidor Lochapio as many others remain in jail.

Lochapio and four others: Abraham Majak Maliap, Bashir Ahmed Mohamed Babikir, Ding Deng Mou, and Madol Agok Akec were released in the afternoon from the Blue House as the security authorities invited the press to attend the event.

In a bid to advertise the event, the security authorities this time released the names of the freed political detainees and their political affiliation.

Also, a security official told reporters that the five were freed in implementation of the presidential decree to release the political prisoners issued on 27 September.

On 21 October, SPLM-IO Riek Machar called on President Salva Kiir to take a number of measures including the release of political detainees and prisoners of war and to ensure freedoms to create a conducive environment for the implementation of the revitalized agreement.

Lochapio who was abducted from Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya last December told reporters that a lot of opponents are still in held at the Blue House.

Among the prisoners James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson of SPLM-IO leader who also had been abducted in Nairobi by the Kenyan authorities before to hand him over to the South Sudanese authorities.

Sources close to the file say South Sudanese security authorities believe that the presidential amnesty does not cover him because Dak was sentenced to death by hanging last March.

At the time, the court sentenced Dak for allegedly inciting violence, disseminating false information to the detriment of South Sudanese national security and insulting the President of the Republic.

On 19 October, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had facilitated the release of 24 detainees freed by the South Sudanese authorities.

However, the five former detainees of Thursday were not accompanied by the Red Cross. The revitalized peace pact provides that the release of prisoners of war and the detainees should be supervised by the ICRC.


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  • 26 October 03:08, by Kush Natives

    Bravo, one by one till the process finish. I mentioned the other, that we must be patient with the government, everything have it’s process or ways of handling it, but some people just trying to get it too soon. That’s not the same system we will want.

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    • 26 October 04:45, by Games

      There are agreements that all war’s prisoners and illegals detentions must be free before Machar and others Oppositions set their foots in Juba. Time is approaching and you have to be quick otherwise...

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    • 26 October 07:27, by Midit Mitot

      Good move, these are some indicators that shows peace implementation is working.

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  • 26 October 07:45, by Joker Wizard

    I can see and feel the move by the like not in good faith. If the agreement said release all prisoners of war, then do it. why beat around bushes. James Dak’s likes is not only good for Machar, but for the country. he is bright and brilliant, why keep such S.Sud mind locked. he can help the nation building with ideas.

    Because his was planned by TABAN.D.G, so the president can’t act.

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    • 26 October 08:44, by Pakuai

      If all criminals who are created to be always released simply because their masters think so, then the whole world would have taken over by terrorists. The boys in photo above are not even in South Sudan. Probably in Kenya, a country we are going to occupy anyway & kill their Bantus, English people, Indians, their evil juus (so-called israelis)>>>

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      • 26 October 08:53, by Pakuai

        Fellows, white people, their evil juus (so-called israelis), UN, their sleazy NGOS------it is COLD WAR being played over our country & our people again by our enemies. But these days, it is no longer COLD WAR----it is a HOT WAR. Sharpen your damn spears & replenish your arrows----we are going to bomb our enemies the mighty US, English people, their evil juus (so-called israel attack dogs)>>>

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  • 26 October 08:00, by Joker Wizard

    I still believed, the President has a prerogative power that can be used to pardon the prisoners even on death row. My political & psychological analysis. Taban Deng doesn’t support this peace and he is the fault player hiding behind a iron curtain.

    This is very dangerous for the country and the peace at large. that could be why, he didn’t attend any of the ongoing peace meeting. so bad for S.Sud

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