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Two SPLM-IO detainees are seen in South Sudan’s detention facility

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The National Security facility in Juba, also known as the Blue House (Radio Eye photo)
November 14, 2018 (JUBA) - The recently freed South African military expert William Endley said he saw one of prisoners members that the main opposition group at the National Security Service Headquarters (the Blue House) in 2017.

Endley and James Gatdet Dak SPLM-IO leader’s spokesperson were released on 3 November after a presidential pardon announced during the peace celebration day on 31 October 2018.

Speaking to Voice of America’s South Sudan in Focus programme on Wednesday Endley said he saw Aggrey Idri in the National Security Service Headquarters (the Blue House), adding he and his friend Dong Samuel Luak were moved from the prison to another location.

"Aggrey and Dong were in the security house. But I did not see Dong, as he was kept downstairs. I only saw Aggrey," he said during a seven minutes interview aired on Wednesday.

"They were taken away on the 27th of January 2017 and up to date we did not hear anything about them," he added.

Dong, a South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri, a vocal government critic and member of the SPLM-IO, disappeared off the streets of Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Kenyan authorities denied any involvement in or knowledge of the abduction. Also, South Sudanese officials denied having them in Juba prison.

In January 2018, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they have credible reports that "the two men had been seen in custody at the National Security Services (NSS) headquarters in Juba on January 25 and 26 2017 and were then removed from this facility on January 27".

The two groups said they believe they were transferred to another facility under the control of the South Sudanese government.

Earlier this year, SPLM-IO officials told Sudan Tribune the two men were moved to a ghost house (unofficial detention facility) in Juba.

Last March 2018, a South Sudanese Lawyer Wani Santino petitioned the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights over the unlawful handover and detention of two South Sudanese refugees in Kenya.

Santino argued that the two refugees are under the protection of the 1951 convention on the refugees and pointed that there is no extradition agreement between Kenya and South Sudan.

However, up today the Banjul-based commission didn’t take any decision over the matter.

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  • 15 November 09:52, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    I am afraid the two have been killed. The government should clarify to their families.

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    • 15 November 10:27, by Kush Natives

      Kwacha Okonyomoi,
      Riek Machar will remained blameable, if such issue confirmed. To me, it seemed like no grounds out here. But, what’s 🐠 here?

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      • 15 November 12:23, by Games

        Kush Natives
        Its parts of the war...Machar can not be blamed for Kenyans government faults.

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  • 15 November 13:05, by Eastern

    The Kenyan regime led by the crooksters Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are realising the futility and the danger of dealing the paria state under the Jenge Council of Elders. Now Kenyan financial businesses are under the spotlight thanks to the dealings with bloody SPLA officers....

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  • 15 November 13:08, by Eastern

    It is just a matter of time before everything done in the anals of that neferious Blue House comes to light...! Naive people like blaming some obscure Akol Koor but the real calprit in all these wanton misuse of state power is KIIR.

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