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Sudanese security raid house of South Sudan’s VP in Khartoum


April 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s security services in Khartoum have raided the house of the South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, arresting people and looting its movable assets, Juba has claimed.

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South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar (Getty)

James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s press secretary, told Sudan Tribune that the raid occurred at 3am on Sunday morning. Five students who are relatives to the Vice President and resided in the house in Khartoum were arrested by the security personnel.

Juba also claimed that a young girl found in the house was intentionally "mishandled" by the Sudanese security. The girl called Ayom is believed to be from the Dinka tribe and not related to the Vice President and was staying at Machar’s house while trying to get her school certificates in Khartoum. Her age is unknown.

Her whereabouts and those of his relatives was also unclear on Sunday evening. The office of the South Sudan’s Vice President called on Sudan’s government to respect human rights of individuals and urged for their release.

The security personnel took the vehicles at the residence as well as refrigerators. It was not clear why the house was raided.

South Sudan’s Minister for Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said that Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services "came to the house [of] Dr. Riek Machar in Khartoum and took away everything."

As well as taking furniture and cars they also "took a young boy of about 15 years who was seriously sick. He had just been operated [on]. It was open heart operation”, Marial said.

He described Khartoum’s actions as internationally “unacceptable and unjustifiable”.

However, the minister called on South Sudanese authorities not to replicate the same behavior even though he said Khartoum was mistreating South Sudanese nationals in Khartoum.

“We call on our citizens not to do the same. The lives of the Sudanese nationals in the republic of South Sudan are directly under responsibility of our government. They should not be touched. They deserve the same treatment we have been according them. They have the right to be protected with all their properties”, Marial said, describing South Sudan as a law abiding country.

The incident is likely to further increase tensions between the two nations who are currently fighting over an oil producing region on the north-south border claimed by both countries.

The clashes are the worst since South Sudan seceded in July last year. Despite partition occurring peacefully relations have deteriorated significantly since the turn of the year with Juba stopping oil production in January accusing Khartoum of confiscating its oil.

Khartoum claim the oil was taken as payment for what it described as unpaid transportation fees. Ongoing skirmishes in border areas erupted in late March when, in response to what South Sudan’s army (SPLA) says was a land and air assault on Unity State, they attacked Heglig - a disputed oil-rich area.

On Tuesday the SPLA took control of the area and have, according to Juba, held off attempts by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to wrestle back control of the vital Heglig oil field, which supplies half of the country’s 110,000 barrels per day of oil production.

Juba has rejected international calls to withdraw from the area, with president Salva Kiir insisting he will not order a retreat until either a UN force is deployed there or he receives guarantees SAF will not use the area to launch attacks on South Sudan’s oil fields in Unity State.


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  • 16 April 2012 05:47, by MGAAA

    They hope to break Dr. Riek’s willpower by that action.

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    • 16 April 2012 10:09, by Chanson

      Sudanese security raiding the house of Guandit.That is really weakness of defeated coward.There is a say in Dinka Language"If old lion cann’t able to hunt/catch any animals again then it do go back to hunt for frogs/eat frog"SAF forces can’t stand the heat from Baffulo Soldiers of the South.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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  • 16 April 2012 05:53, by Kim Deng


    They (arabized Nubians) blame him (Dr. Riek) because they know very well that he was the one who let the country be divided into two States. They hate him more than they hate Garang who was for so-called "United Secular/New Sudan."

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  • 16 April 2012 05:55, by Kim Deng

    The blessing day for Southern Sudanese, the August 28, 1991 of Nasir Declaration was not a mean to hijack the leadership from Dinka as many people may assume, but a strategic move to force Garang and his disciples to make a U-turn from "United Socialist Sercular/New Sudan," vision to self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan.

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    • 16 April 2012 06:23, by John mamer

      Kim Deng if you donot mind bro i would like to request you to avoid this past historical diffirences and concentrates on what we can do as Educated South Sudanese people to make this country then we find it, "there is no future in the past".

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    • 17 April 2012 05:51, by Simon Deng


      God will bless you and I think you are among true Southerners who do not just write any thing on the net but you are among the people still know what Southerners were fighting for. 1991 splet was not beteen Dinka and Nuer. It was ideological war between unted Sudan and separate Sudan. God will bless Dr Machar and rest Dr Grang in peace.

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  • 16 April 2012 06:38, by George Bol

    Food lovers, why Riek Machar still have house in the North? did he has a dream of 1997 money and other bribe? This guy is a double standard.

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    • 16 April 2012 07:10, by Dinkawarrior

      The senseless called Kim Deng is very fool or otherwise he is slave heart! If you were really a future man you wouldn’t have caused this kind of skirmish among South Sudanese while they’re united against the common enemy! Shame on you Arabnuer!

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      • 16 April 2012 11:08, by abaha abak james

        Stop your tribal hatred Dinka and Nuer, let us forget what happened, we rather focus on north_south war. Why do you Dinkas refused Riack Machar to be praised?.he will not take power from Your man as you fear him most, don’t call a tribe arabs like arabdinka, does it give sense, fool.

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    • 16 April 2012 10:11, by wang

      George Bol, stop being an idiot, most of our government officials in Juba owned lots of properties in the North that including late Dr.John Garang. South got independent 6 months ago, it will take a while to move our properties into South, don’t forget that.

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      • 16 April 2012 19:41, by panom lualbil

        WANG, quit assumption of everything and tell the truth. We dinka don’t think like you folks. You can never let your family live in territory of enemy you’re fighting with, think logically about it. If there was GARANG’s property stil in khartoum, it should be looted first b4 RIEK’S. Now those 4 students tortured by arabs were be blame for stupidity of riek machar’s much love to OMAR BASHIR.

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    • 16 April 2012 10:23, by Ruach Jing

      At Bol,

      Can you tell mi who are 350 SPLA who escaped from Panthou because it was hot for them? be honest...

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    • 17 April 2012 17:42, by Ruach

      George Bol.Engu lat lielu je mo?Dit liel!

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  • 16 April 2012 10:57, by Nasreldin

    How come Machar own house in Sudan?
    It should be taken immediately.

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  • 16 April 2012 12:44, by malueth gueet dot N

    TO MI DIT , GEORGE BOL N THE REST My dear bros ,lets stop focusing on the past.There’s nothing good to remember.Lets focus in the present n future and how we are going to forge a peaceful coexistance of our communities leading us to the path of a united peaceful and democratic south sudan.Lets unite to depend our country.

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  • 16 April 2012 12:58, by malueth gueet dot N

    To KIM DENG U need to stop reminding us.Nasir declaration was a curse but Dr Riek has already apologised to the Dinka Bor therefore there’s no need to dwell in the past. I know Riek has changed and has realised that what he did was wrong so dont reopen the wounds in other people’s hearts.Go to hell with your ignorance.

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  • 17 April 2012 10:49, by Eastern

    Please South Sudanese, let’s head back home. Khartoum is the capital of a foreign country that’s not friendly to South Sudan. To those with assets in Khartoum and indeed anywhere in the Sudan, dipose them to save you a heart attack!!!

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  • 19 July 2012 09:59, by shpia
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  • 4 January 2013 15:08, by Maria

    The security situation in South Sudan is volatile with regular outbreaks of violence and lawlessness. home security

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  • 1 June 2013 10:55, by Duhazu

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