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South Sudan’s ex-VP, six others to face treason charges


January 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Tuesday slapped treason charges against seven of its 13 senior politicians implicated in last year’s alleged coup attempt in the country’s capital, Juba.

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South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar (AFP/Getty)

The politicians, mainly ex-cabinet ministers, were arrested in connection with the violence that erupted in Juba on December 15, but three others, including former vice-president Riek Machar, are still at large.

The country’s justice minister, however, said rebel leader Machar, former Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai and ex-environment minister Alfred Lado Gore would have to be tried for treason in absentia. Others like Pagan Amum, Majak D’Agoot, Oyai Deng Ajak and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth would not be released, pending their trial.

“We believe the three principle people participated in the fight on the [December] 15th and on 16th [2013]”, Paulino Wanawilla told reporters in the capital, Juba.

“These people have a case to answer before the court for planning and carrying out the coup. Anybody who intends to change a constitutional government or to suspend the constitution or abrogate the constitution by force commits treason,” he added.

Machar’s has dismissed the allegation, saying the incident was a move by President Salva Kiir and his allies to silence opposition within the country’s ruling party (SPLM) leadership.

South Sudan warring parties on Thursday last week signed a ceasefire deal that sought to end six weeks of fighting in the country. Over 1,000 people have died and more than half a million displaced in the worst-ever outbreak of violence in the country’s post-independence era.

Minister Wanawilla further said seven other detained politicians who allegedly planned to “mobilise the public to bring down the democratically elected government” would be freed and sent to an undisclosed neighbouring country for safety concerns. These include, John Luk Jok, Peter Adwok Nyaba, Kosti Manibe, Madut Biar Yel, Deng Alor Kuol, Ciruno Hiteng and Gier Chuang Aluong.

“Because we did not have enough evidence to prosecute these people, we are going to release them on bail,” said Wanawilla, a day after the government announced it had completed investigating the political prisoners.


A legal adviser to President Kiir earlier said that South Sudan’s constitution authorises the country’s leader to release political detainees, whose continued detention had drawn international attention at the height of the rebellion.

"It is necessary to implement the law first," Telar Riing Deng said on Monday, adding "because it is the same law and the constitution which enables the president to order their release and to pardon them".

In a separate deal on the political detainees, the two sides had agreed that they all had a role to play in the political process, which is expected to start on 7 February. The agreement does not, however, mention anything to do with the detainees.

Telar, who was in the Sudanese capital to deliver President Kiir’s message to his Sudanese counterpart Omer al-Bashir, reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 23 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and urged the rebels to observe it.


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  • 29 January 2014 06:41, by Kim Deng

    South Sudan will remain unstable for the next 5-10 years.

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    • 29 January 2014 06:52, by omoni jr.


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      • 29 January 2014 08:30, by Mr Point

        Since Kiir and Talar can’t find evidence to support their invented coup they have invented a new way to prosecute political opponents to ensure Kiir faces no democratic challenger in elections.
        The Constitution seems to be whatever they want it to be. Kiir is in clear breach over the elected governors he deposed. He suspended the constitution through violence so he is himself guilty of T

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        • 29 January 2014 09:07, by Machine

          Justice might not be served.

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        • 29 January 2014 12:27, by Nyakuzuny

          where is he Chol Tong Mayay He is dead?

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          • 30 January 2014 00:06, by Tango Alpha

            That is the question of all Southern Sudanese, that where is comrade Chol Tong Mayay? we have heard of all others detainee but only comrade Chol Tong. Did the government done a mistake of killing him alone or what is really going on here? well, let us wait and see and if the government did killed him, then there will be no trust in that government and also it will not be only Nuer in the bush.

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          • 30 January 2014 05:52, by jubaone

            No, Chol Mayay is alive and well. He was yesterday flown out of Juba after President Uhuru of Kenya requested their release and offered them political amnesty. The rest: Manibe, Luk, Biar, Choung etc.. are with him. Kiir has literally expelled them out of South Sudan.

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        • 29 January 2014 14:10, by moto


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          • 29 January 2014 20:06, by Mi diit

            I am glad that the seven are released after detention for no reason. As for Kiir’s crooks charging others for treason, that rubbish to say the least. Incompetent Kiir is the sole violator of the constitution. He will soon disappear and stop talking nonsense against true leaders.

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    • 29 January 2014 06:59, by Johndumo14

      Good job mr president salva kiir,no body is above the laww.
      This is to send a clear massage,to many others,s.sudanese will not accept these hungrey politicians for power,to repeat or plan to do it again in the future.The international communities must leave s.sudan alone,the question to release 11 politicians.What is the diffirence between P.mandela of R.S.A.and these s.sudanese politicians.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:00, by Tutbol

      Kim Deng,
      *South Sudan will remain unstable for the next 5-10 years*
      But count your people reduced to a few tenths. You are not even in the front & you just love other peoples’ sons to die because of your imagined war against Dinka, who says Dinka is at war with Nuer? continue to imagine that war of yours against the Dinka pal, no one can stop you.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:12, by Johndumo14

      When Nelson mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. The world powers like, USA,Russia,China,EU,Security council,Why did they not call for his early release???????????
      It it because black VS white ???
      And why the world powers like the African Union ,the security council want the 11 politicians to be released ,is it because blacks VS Blacks???? Plse shut ur mouth!

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    • 29 January 2014 07:15, by choldit

      Well, this is the real start of the civil war in South Sudan. Why Dinka tribe and Uganda is doing this to South Sudan? The tribalistic regime of primitive Kirr is trying harder to make the world beg them for the release of those guys but they missing the point that what they are doing is a breach of the agreement the signed and continuation of the war. The must know the UPDF will leave ss.

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      • 29 January 2014 19:23, by Below the Law

        You likes of choldit, malakal county simon, tut tut, bentiu son, omon jr, king deng, bravo nuer and more of your kinds, don’t you feel shame when every body in other communities in the country support and advocate for peaceful south sudan whereas you advocate for unstable south sudan? God of this country will make you homeless and undeveloped for the rest of your lives.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:23, by choldit

      This coward Dinkas of Bar El Gazel are trying to jail those who the fear to death amongst the 11 the detained. The keep them because the fear their release will harm them most. If Majaak is out Kuol n Makuei will lost Bor people. If Pagan n Oyay are out all Shilluk will join them and if Lol Gatkuoth is released Jikany will get even stronger. These guys are tough on foreign relations that why Dinka

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    • 29 January 2014 07:37, by choldit

      The IGAD must know allowing Kiir and Museveni to twist the agreement signed by not releasing all the detainees will be their responsibility. SS Sudan will not let Dinka and thier husband Museveni play with the life of our people every now and then. ALL DETAINEE MUST BE RELEASED AS AGREED!!!

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    • 29 January 2014 07:42, by Bravo Nuer

      I really agreed with what Rebecca Garang said that President kiir is a white liar, manipulator and pure evil. and as the puppet Speaker Magok testified before Ugandan parliament that South Sudan is having weak institutions.it has been evidenced by the judgment of this handpicked Justice Min. who has not only lost his professional ethics but also public integrity.Kiir will never die alone.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:54, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      Chol Tong Mayai has not been mentioned hope is dead.

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    • 29 January 2014 10:26, by Johndumo14

      Arest warat for Dr Riek machar.
      East African countries have issued an arest warant for Dr Riek Machar,for the theft of more than $6 billions dollars of their money in KBC
      in 3 states,Bor;bentiu,Malakal,including the stollen of 400 trucks belongs to a Somalis Business man plus worth of millions of goodsstollen by Riek forces,the case is filed in East African Cof Justice.

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    • 29 January 2014 10:43, by Johndumo14

      Those generals of SPLA army who defected and join rebellion,
      and those soldiers who joined the rebellion without knownig the benefits,they must think twice now before is too late,you must come back let us build this country together.
      It will be very hard for you and your families ,especially your children to find better life,you have sent your children to camps in Uganda,kenya,Ethiopia.

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    • 29 January 2014 10:52, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar and his malitsa forces,have made very poor choices in life,by joining,the rebellion,things never come the way,they wish.In life one can make mistakes but not 3 times.If you are not a leader today ,simply give education to your children and better life,your children can become leaders tomorrow!!If you canot make it ,your children will make it!!Look you have distroyed their life!!

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    • 29 January 2014 17:40, by Amantiel Kem

      well said Mr. Minister that anybody who violates the constitution would be charged of treason. now our first culprit is our president Kiir due to below violation:
      1. Removing elected governors but no elections
      2.Removing SPLM secretary general without due procedures
      3. Ethnic cleansing of Nuer tribe and many more.

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    • 29 January 2014 18:47, by Below the Law

      kim deng, What are your roles in this country if at all you belong here? Don’t u know that a LAND can curse you to death if u tend to play around with her security?And if u are above the law, the law itself will bring you down to dust. Anybody accussed has right to answer to clear him/herself before the law and be realised if found not guilty.what is wrong with that. Feel civilisedly patrio

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    • 29 January 2014 20:16, by Johndumo14

      Ex-VP Dr Riek Machar and six others are to face treason charges including Rebeka Nyandeng,she is among those opposed to President Salva Kiir rule,But Salva Kiir and his advisers ignore,her because she is the widow of late John Grang.
      Otherwise she is supposed to be imprisoned together with the 11 detained political prisoners,she even behaves like ilitrate,if her husband was a leader,so what???

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  • 29 January 2014 06:44, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Ah ah, jungle law will not work sir, charges are laid without good course. Who will bring Dr. Riek, Gen Taban and Gen. Alfred Lado Gore? To kill Pagan, Oyay, Majaak and Lol Gatkuoth will be a big blow up to Dinka Kingdom.

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    • 29 January 2014 14:40, by King of Nyamlel

      GUYS, i wish we should change. Many people lost relatives in the name of tribalism. YOU DON’T NEED TO KIDS EVERY DAY. This is a serious issue. IF THESE DETAINEES ARE NOT RELEASE AND RECONCILIATION TAKES ITS COURSE, THEN WE SHALL NOT BE FAR FROM CIVIL WAR, BELIEVE ME!

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  • 29 January 2014 06:46, by Kim Deng

    In early 1980s, Garang’s SPLA forces conducted massacre against Gajaak sub-clan of Eastern Jikany Nuer simply because they were believed to side with Samuel Gai Tut’s group of Anya-Nya II. Many lives were lost especially women and children while destroyed almost all the villages along the Baro/Sobat River completely. Some people may wonder why Col. Gatluak Gai...

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  • 29 January 2014 06:46, by Tutbol

    "South Sudan’s ex-VP, six others to face treason charges’
    They should have been charged already. Riek Machar & Nyandeng Garang deserve gallows. Their evil politics has killed a lot of S Sudanese, displaced many of our peoples, destroyed our country & tarnished our peoples & country’s image.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:14, by jubaone

      Minister Wanawilla´s attempt to "exile" the alleged coup plotters to another country for their own safety indeed highlights the breakdown down of security in South Sudan. It is illegal and unconstitutional and he as a lawyer (not like that jenge scum Telar) must expite correct law. That is a cheap, undignified and stupid art to get rid of your opponents. Only fools do such things.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:21, by Bravo Nuer

      Tutbol those alwyas be killed or be hanged are those who don’t have warriors and whose community lacks solidarity and defense. Ezekiel Lol and Majak D’Agot cannot be killed because Kiir and his food advisory council knows Gajaak Kir and Twic will teach Juba a lesson soon. Except Pagan and Oyai because their Shilluk people are food lovers and cowardly.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:29, by Tut Tut

      Tutbol; when you said "our people" I guess you meant your tribe and its militias the spla that was used to conduct massacre against Nuer civilians in Juba. Off course conflict has consequences and it is illusion on your part to except flowers in return. Mrs. Kirr Museveni charges are irrelevant and thus stupid in nature. He could have sent himself and his mate to ICC. The reverse will be true.

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    • 29 January 2014 07:30, by Tut Tut

      Tutbol; when you said "our people" I guess you meant your tribe and its militias the spla that was used to conduct massacre against Nuer civilians in Juba. Off course conflict has consequences and it is illusion on your part to except flowers in return. Mrs. Kirr Museveni charges are irrelevant and thus stupid in nature. He could have sent himself and his mate to ICC. The reverse will be true.

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  • 29 January 2014 07:09, by tootke’bai-ngo


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    • 29 January 2014 07:29, by Malakal county Simon

      This is a laughable joke, and at the same times, its a declaration of war by illegal president.... Fight shall go on until this illegal president resign from power, and give peace a chance at last.....

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      • 29 January 2014 07:34, by Malakal county Simon

        By the way, where is Chol Tong Maya, as I don’t see his name on the list.... Or is he already a dead meat?? And where is his Lakers????, to question this illegal president.....

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        • 29 January 2014 07:52, by choldit

          Eng. Chol Tang must have alrdy died at the hand of Awet Akot. The Lakers are busy pleasing the primitive governor by fighting rebels in their area. Our pple are really behind the time. They don’t know their right that is why these thieves are busy killing them one by one.

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      • 29 January 2014 07:47, by michael coma

        Dr.Riek Machar,Taban Deng and Peter Gatdet Yaak need to be skinned alive and then hang in public rally.Dak Kueth need to be boil underground prison to see whether his magic will help.Ngundeng’s dak also need to be burn as it is the one distorting Nuer’s minds and destroy his tomb so that Nuers will not worship him again.

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        • 29 January 2014 08:12, by Bravo Nuer

          Dak Kueth is just fulfilling the prophesy of Ngundeng. you will see him make some powerful sacrifices just inside Juba town soon after Kiir ’s disappearance. ask those of Dr. Riek Gai and James Hoth they are aware of imminent death of Kiir before the month of March according to Ngundeng Bong who called him Tikyoak Kuoth (Divine Bearded).

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  • 29 January 2014 07:31, by Tata

    Dear Kim,
    Try to listen to the voice of love. I don’t think liquidating Dinka will take you to heaven or establish paradise on Earth! We just want to advise others to follow right approach of coexistence not killing them b’se they are our brothers in humanity and nation.
    Yes, I agree that those responsible for the coup should be tried in court; 1000s of lives lost for selfish shameful reason!

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  • 29 January 2014 09:58, by man to man

    Dear All,
    I’m appelling to the gouverment of the republic of south sudan that, the so called, Mother of the young nation( Rabecca Nydeng), sould be sent also to undisclose island where south sudanese souldn’t heard her news

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  • 29 January 2014 10:13, by Axios

    This person Kim Deng is always spewing hate speech rhetoric. His real name is David Dak Machar and he doesn’t even reside in South Sudan.

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    • 29 January 2014 11:01, by Malakal county Simon

      Its very laughable for illegal president to charged people’s in his wishes, without good proof evidence.... Another point here is if the illegal drunked president continues to insist that’s he will charged this peoples at his will without a proof evidence, then there will be more bloodshed in our country for very long time, specially in BGZ region....

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      • 29 January 2014 11:07, by Malakal county Simon

        This is Greater Upper Nile vs Greater Bar-elghazel....
        Chollo, Chai, Twic east and Duk padiet Dinkas, need to Joins their Nuer and Murle brother in front-line against dictatorship regime in Juba before it too late....

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        • 29 January 2014 11:44, by Konkooc

          there is nothing called greater upper nile vs greater bharelgazal you are lying. why not stand on what devil reik says Dinka vs nuer. i wishes international community gives war a chance between Dinka and nuer and see who will surrender. Dinka is invincible

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          • 29 January 2014 12:03, by Malakal county Simon

            Its you (Dinkas) who denied that....its well known at very start that this war, was mean to be Nuer vs Dinka... But because you scared to death to face Nuers, you shamelessly brought UPDF and others mercenaries which is a good an indicator that’s you can’t face Nuer’s people’s in real a war field.... But your recently act in Malakal, show its region vs region....

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            • 29 January 2014 13:56, by Bungachier 50

              If Nuers were to be categorized as animals, they would be "PIGS" for they don’t think. The Nuer in the cattle camp is like the Nuer in the Campus/University. They take a Education as secondary personal development.

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    • 29 January 2014 13:39, by Wani khooto

      Dear AXIONS
      thank u so much,i see and u are right KIM deng is not in the country bcoz i wonder how come one promoted hatred yet the war is destroying his community and the country.let him not hide his useless ass in western world talking hatred yet he have little knowledge on what pple are experiencing.fuck u DAK machar,u are like your stupid uncle Dr.machar.never push other to die while u are far

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  • 29 January 2014 20:04, by Mi diit

    I am glad that the seven are released after detention for no reason. As for Kiir’s crooks charging others for treason, that rubbish to say the least. Incompetent Kiir is the sole violator of the constitution. He will soon disappear and stop talking nonsense against true leaders.

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    • 29 January 2014 21:05, by Kenyang

      Mii Diit,
      Where’s ur friend Gatluak, are you guys close in on Juba or when are you going to be there? You have promised. It’s getting to February 2014 and it seems Salva Kiir is still there, what happen? I admire you two or some others but totally naive or impatient.

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