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Alleged counterfeit currency dealer in Unity State held since July


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

September 4, 2012 (BENTIU) - Authorities in Unity State have confirmed that in July this year they arrested a South Sudanese man for selling counterfeit foreign currency. The police say they are also looking to arrest a Liberian national in relation to the allegations.

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A picture shows notes of the new South Sudan pound, which pictures the late South Sudanese independence leader John Garang, in Juba on July 18, 2011. (Getty)

Authorities in Unity State told Sudan Tribune, that this is first time they have seen such a case in Bentiu. Last year the South Sudan government arrested four foreigners from Uganda, Kenya, Congo and Belgium who were involved in the dealing in counterfeit dollars in the capital Juba.

The Unity State police department of crimes and investigation told Sudan Tribune that the South Sudanese man was responsible for selling counterfeit of US dollars as they found 13 counted bundles of counterfeit dollars in the man’s house.

However, the authorities say the alleged dealer claims that the Liberian national, who was staying with him and his family, was the one the owner of the fake notes, not himself.

The police have refused to name the man who is 35 years old and is from Unity State.

Unity State’s director for Crimes and investigation Lt. Col Hussein Girish Yambio said that the arrested man would only face trial once all investigations had been complete. However, if the police are unable to find the Liberian the case will be split and referred to Bentiu high court for persecution separately, he said.

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Hussein Girish Yambio, Unity State Director of Crimes and Investigation in Unity State police talks with Sudan Tribune in Bentiu, South Sudan, 4 September 2012 (ST)

Lt. Col Girish says through his investigation has found that 19,000 South Sudanese Pound (SSP) was spent by people buying fake dollars.

Since South Sudan stopped oil production in January over a transit fees dispute with Sudan, the young nation has suffered from rampant inflation and lack of hard currency. This has made importing the goods the young nation depends on such as food from Kenya and Uganda even more difficult.

National staff at the United Nations and other agencies went on strike last month demanding to be paid in dollars due to the devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound and the rising cost of living.

Oil production is due to begin within four to six months according to officials but the closure has severely stunted the development of the world’s youngest nation as it struggles to overcome the consequences of decades of war and underinvestment.

Unity State authorities warned foreigners not to spoil the image of new nation committing such crimes, adding that they would be judged, according to the South Sudan Transitional Constitutions.

“For foreigners what I want to tell them, they have to respect themselves because we don’t want to involve them to the court or involve them for something bad that would be shameful for their staying in South Sudan”, added Girish.

The directorate of crimes and investigation says it will work tirelessly to make sure such crimes are not repeated against the people of the state.


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  • 5 September 2012 09:30, by Nyanjuan

    Yes Lt. G. Yambio, don’t let these culprits go, they must face justice according to South Sudanese laws.
    No doubt this South Sudanese national must be from Dinka "Awirin", they leave their states and just wanna come and spoil our beloved peacefull state. These people are always theives, don’t just blame this stupid Liberian. "Birds of thesame feathers, always flocks together". YA MUJURUMIN INTUN.

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    • 5 September 2012 20:24, by panchol

      you need not to be very segregative.criminals are everywhere.

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  • 5 September 2012 09:30, by Hardball

    The punishment that will deter counterfeits dealers is 20 to 30 years imprisonment without possibility of paroles or bails! This will make counterfeits dealers think twice before they decide to bring fake money to South Sudan. Or they will just be lucky if they don’t get firing squad; the highest capital punishment possible.

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    • 5 September 2012 11:31, by Thorbanat

      Just hang the god damn menace to send a strong warning to his followers. That South Sudanese should not deny that it is Liberian. Why didn’t he reported the matter to the police in 1st case, and waited till he was netted. He is guilty and should face death penalty period. Forging money is a declaration of economic war and sabotage of South Sudan. Please fire squad that moron.

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  • 5 September 2012 11:26, by NO PEACE

    Unity state Oyee!!!,Unity state Oyee!!! Those people was sended to you by dinka [BOR] because they have no minister of finance in the Government of Salva Kiir.

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  • 5 September 2012 11:29, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

    Oh! Thanks to almighty God for helping our police to arrest these culprits. Great Job Mr. Lt. G.Yambio! The arrested South Sudanese should be given double punishment than the Liberian (if he will be found) because he has no love for this beautiful Nation God has given us.
    Mr. Nyanjuan: This issue has nothing to do with our tribes. Don’t rush to blame Dinkas,the culprit might be from your count

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  • 5 September 2012 11:35, by Thorbanat

    Just penetrate a bullet through his brain. Death penalty to counterfeit currency dealers in South Sudan. We don’t talk about tribes here buddy but only to safeguarding our economy period.

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  • 5 September 2012 15:11, by malieng

    Oh brothers and sisters, we need to leave connecting everything with our tribes coz will lead us to nochange. We want to unite our selves as citizens to see into this issues of foreigners making big big crimes in our country. Its happen recently 2day at midday 2 foreigners Kenyan & Kawaja working in Police D, of migration nocked Major from Army down broking his leg, so my advices to you is that

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  • 5 September 2012 15:17, by malieng

    We want to stand firm together and fight those foreigners once they make such a mistake so that they know themselves that citizen are defending their country.

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  • 5 September 2012 18:12, by panom lualbil

    Marungos needed to clean themselves up of those born into properties. In fact, such behavior by Marungos as if one was rich of money or properties would bring evidence of life worthy was seemed folly and lack sanity, however, life wont be purchased. You just washed and dressed up but yet, dont know what you’re wash and dress up for, of course, you’re the ’curse’ tribe in our country.

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    • 5 September 2012 18:18, by panom lualbil

      Money/foods is non-value item when we dont think twice and take it wrongly would ruin your reputation publicly without being repair again such as material item.

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  • 5 September 2012 18:20, by Guandong

    Well done lt.col Yambio, but u make sure that u work hard to find the liberian as the owner n let our court impose restrict sentence on him.

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  • 24 June 2013 13:55, by jennyjesica

    National staff at the United Nations and other agencies went on strike last month demanding to be paid in dollars due to the devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound and the rising cost of living.Joey Atlas Cellulite

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