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Rape case file disappears at South Sudanese presidency blocking appeal: rights groups

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South Sudanese presidential palace in Juba (Pinterest photo)
September 6, 2019 (JUBA) - Two international human rights groups unveiled that a case file of sexual assaults foreign aid workers and murder of a journalist by South Sudanese soldiers is missing since it was sent to President Salva Kiir in 2018.

On 6 September 2018, a South Sudanese court sentenced 10 soldiers to prison from seven years to life imprisonment for the rape of foreign aid workers and the murder of a journalist in the Terrain hotel in Juba on July 11, 2016. Also the military judges ordered the government to pay a compensation of $4,000 to each victim.

But, the case file has not been seen since it was sent to President Salva Kiir in 2018 for confirmation before the judgment was delivered, said a joint statement released by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Friday 6 September.

As a result, one year after the rule, "the Supreme Court is unable to move forward with appeals by the victims and those convicted because of the missing file," said the joint statement.

"UN officials and diplomats strongly suspect the file was lost in the Office of the President," said the joint statement.

The sexual assault survivors said that the compensation was not commensurate with the crimes and wanted to appeal the verdict. also the convicted soldiers filed their intention to appeal the sentences.

“The authorities should ensure that there are no deliberate attempts to obstruct justice and locate the file, so the Supreme Court can examine the appeal,” said Antonia Mulvey, founder and executive director of Legal Action Worldwide.

For its part, Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch said: "The disappearance of the case file has effectively stalled the appeal process and serves as a classic example of the justice system failures that exacerbate the culture of impunity in South Sudan."

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  • 7 September 11:29, by jubaone

    Money, computers, sensitive documents etc. all get stolen from president’s office! So many rats, cockroaches, thugs, criminals, impostors etc.eating up and swallowing anything. It just shows you how disorganized jienges are allowing such an office to be like a "murah". Baboonland 🐵.

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    • 7 September 11:55, by South South

      jubaone,

      It is very shocking to me see a Karo man talking about organization, plan, arrangement, strategy, future thinking, order and all of that. Anyone who wants to know Karo people needs to visit them in their villages. You will find people live like monkeys and they shit on the streets including in Juba.

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      • 7 September 14:39, by jubaone

        South South
        Then you must be the most dumm fool who doesn’t know that the Karo People are the most educated SS. The Karo with their Eastern Nilotes (Otuho, Topotha, Didinga, Jie, Dongotona, Logir, Lokoya etc.) and our Western Nilotes (Acholi, Mango, Pari etc.) are the ? of SS. It’s our moral obligation to civilize you jienge vagabonds.

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      • 7 September 14:55, by jubaone

        South South
        Well, as a jienge dummy who has no Karo friends let alone visited a Karo village, I am not surprised. During my travels in jiengeland, through Marial Bai, Gogrial, Turalei, Wunrok and also Aweil, I have seen how your people live. I fully understand why jienges are terrified of returning to their luaks. Disgusting 😠.

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        • 7 September 16:20, by South South

          jubaone,

          If Karo people have education and civilization we all in South Sudan will know that. What we know about Karo is that they are stupid, dump asses and monkeys. They poop on the streets. They are very dirty. They do love random sex during funerals. Children are produced after funerals and they are named " KARAMA". Very, very dirty people.

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          • 7 September 18:00, by jubaone

            South South
            Bla..bla..jienge bullshit. You have no Karo friends, not visited any of their villages nor witnessed any of their funerals. You have never lived in Juba let alone in any Equatorian town, perhaps only a stopover in Juba while running to Kenya. All is concocted lies of a frustrated jienge. We bury our dead,you drag yours to the bush like a dog carcass. Ya jienge kaffir.

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          • 7 September 18:11, by jubaone

            South South
            I am happy you have never lived in Juba and all what you are writing is a desperate attempt to satisfy your ego and low esteem. Go to Souk Jou or Daraja in Wau and ask about how Nyanjienges sold themselves for "girish". The catch phrase was "mur girshen". Many concieved with jellaba and Darfuri traders. This explains why jienges there have quite different complexions that luakjienges

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            • 7 September 19:25, by South South

              jubaone,

              How about dowry for Karo. When a man fails to pay dowry and takes a girl. If wife dies, members of a girl family will refuse to allow her body to be buried until something is paid. Dirty, dirty and dirty. In funerals you will see men and women dancing and they are naked, drunken and ready for random sex.

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              • 7 September 21:15, by jubaone

                South South
                You may have watched some videos of African funeral rites and mixed that with Karo. There’s also an Indian tribe in Central America called Bari, another in the indian sub-continent called Mandari. As a jienge, I understand how you easily mixed up things. You just added KARAMA to make it sound authentic. Ya jienge kaffir. Try again more research.

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            • 7 September 19:44, by The Rhino

              Jubaone,

              Good job!All facts are on the ground and in history books.No fucking infidel called a jienge can ever expect to prosper in our territories for long.Their time is running out!Its all in the Holy Bible,..you reap what you sow, thats it!Dinka/jienges are about to get what they’ve asked for all these years!Let them from here blame themselves,their foolishness and chaotic behavior,full stop!

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    • 7 September 19:32, by The Rhino

      South South,

      Keep your fucking nonsense for yourself.We the mighty KARO community are the ENGINE of South Sudan.All Equatorians are big winners(they know it)!So was it in the beginning and so shall it end,Amen!

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      • 7 September 23:33, by The Rhino

        Keynote!

        Few days ago,this fake Dinka ’president’ Kiir awarded medals of honor to our truest liberators of Torit mutiny.Close family members know those faces.But the public and citizens at large don’t know the names or military titles of those brave men.Dinka/jienge for some reasons always/purposely stash out true Equatorian liberators,so that they/Dinka can always sing oh we Dinka liberated.....

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        • 7 September 23:47, by The Rhino

          Keynote!

          ..South Sudan.We want full names of those service warriors be proudly announced and made public so that they receive people’s gratifications.We want our prophetic and extraordinary politicians like Aggrey Jaden be honored and bestowed intellectual merits of high esteem.All those outstanding Equatorians deeply inspired the liberation struggle which led to the formation of this country....

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          • 8 September 00:08, by The Rhino

            Keynote!
            ..called South Sudan.John Garang was an aspirant and full student of Aggrey Jaden,no disrespect to J.Garang,but his remains/bones will soon be excavated and transported back to Bor,his birthplace!That large territory in which he was buried,near the national parliament,belongs to the memory of our fallen KARO people only,period!This country South Sudan could not have existed,were it not...

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            • 8 September 00:17, by The Rhino

              Keynote!,

              ..been for the tenacity and intellectual bravery of our own sound minded sons,like Aggrey Jaden and those armed warriors in Torit back in the day.They genuinely defied oppression, greed,foolishness,injustice and status quo and stood up against all odds.Guess what,they won big b’cos they stood their grounds and on the right side of humanity.No single Dinka bastard today would’ve ever....

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  • 7 September 23:47, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Every human being has the right to life with dignity, and to personal security, health, inviolability and freedom. Please President Kiir respect those rights

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  • 8 September 00:38, by lino

    $4000.00 for each victim! This is a rape case folks. Each victim should be asking $4 Million dollars and the deceased not less than $8 Million for his family and relatives!!!
    South Sudan is part of an International Community and it should be dealt with as such and based on Ibternational Laws!!!

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