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SPLM drops criminal charges against former detainees

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April 16, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed on Wednesday to drop criminal charges against leaders detained at the start of the December 2013 conflict.

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Ezekial Lol Gatkuoth (far right) sits with other former senior SPLM officials (from left) Oyay Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum Okiech, Majok D’Agot Atem detained in connection to an alleged plot to overthrow the South Sudanese government (Photo: Charlton Doki/VOA)

The former political detainees, among them former SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum, were freed in February and April last year.

Ann Itto, the acting secretary general of the SPLM, said the party at its political bureau meeting, agreed that all criminal charges against the former detainees be dropped to enhance their return to Juba.

“The political agreed all criminal charges against former detainees are dropped,” the top party official told Sudan Tribune on Thursday, adding that the provisions of the SPLM re-unification agreement signed in Arusha, Tanzania permits the former political detainees to return home, provided that they have no criminal charges against them.

Itto said the criminal charges had made it difficult for them to return home due to the uncertainty around who the charges applied to, adding the ruling party’s leadership must pave the way for peace and reconciliation.

Criminal charges against Amum, former justice minister John Luk, former deputy defence minister Majak D’Agot, former security minister Oyai Deng, former interior minister Gier Chuang Aluong and others were dropped by a special court in April 2014 after the Juba government came under intensive pressure to release the detainees.

The detainees, upon gaining their freedom, grouped themselves under the G-10, becoming a third bloc in the ongoing peace talks.

However, Itto said the charges were being dropped because of the G-10 and “had nothing to do with death or killing” during the 16-month-long conflict.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced from their homes since the struggle for leadership within the ruling party turned violence in December 2013.

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  • 17 April 2015 09:48, by Eastern

    The Juba ragime is now beginning to see some sense. The usual talk of you rebels, blah, blah.......we will crash the rebels, blah, blah talk should be left to those of Makuei. All of us need a peaceful South Sudan where citizens are engaged in gainful enterprises rather being in camps.

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    • 17 April 2015 11:45, by Mayom County Boy

      I know south Sudan government will be held accountable for all mess that took place during incident time,
      when fighting erupted in Juba on 15 December 2013

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  • 17 April 2015 10:21, by Mr Point

    The G10 detainees committed no crimes.
    They were freed when the trial collapsed because no evidence has ever been provided.

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  • 17 April 2015 10:26, by Mr Point

    What is the Juba regime doing to prosecute those responsible for the 2013 massacres in Juba?

    You will remember that it was because of the massacre of civilians that the Nuer generals deserted to start the rebellion. They were later joined by Riak Machar when he escaped the tank attack on his house that killed 26 bodyguards.

    What has the head of police Pieng Deng Kuol found out?

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  • 17 April 2015 10:29, by Ambago

    Dr Anna Ito, these guys were already set free by the court and it is only now that your party is officially abiding with the court’s decision.

    Are you now going to transfer the charges onto Paul Malong if you say that the charges are being dropped because the G-10 “had nothing to do with death or killing" in the 16-months old conflict?

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  • 18 April 2015 14:40, by Chol Nyok

    It is making sense! One positive point can make great change. Return G-10 to reunite with SPLM/SPLA and subsequently make quick return to Addis Abba for peace talk, that will make sense. Just the beginning of wisdom!

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