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Opposition PLP party condemns arrest of Catholic priest

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April 22, 2015 (WAU) – South Sudan’s opposition the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) has strongly condemned last week’s arrest of Benjamin Madol, a renowned Catholic priest working at Rumbek diocese in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

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People’s Liberal Party (PLP) leader Peter Mayen Majongdit (ST)

“The party would like to bring to your attention the illegal torture and arrest without trace of a renowned clergyman in this county,” PLP said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

“We as People’s Liberal Party condemn the illegal arrest and disappearance of father Benjamin Madol Akot from [the] Rumbek diocese inn Lakes state, who also serves as a parish priest in Yirol county,” it added.

A group of South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers allegedly destroyed the cleric’s house in Juba suburb Thongpiny after a dispute over land ownership with an army officer.

The priest was taken to an unknown place by the soldiers, a relative disclosed.

Several sources, however, say the land being disputed rightly belongs to the Catholic priest, whose family has lived on it for the past five years.

“We therefore call for the priest’s immediate release from wherever he is held and the impasse sorted out legally not outside of the law,” PLP said in a statement.

PLP claims the military violated the cleric’s constitutional right to own property.

(ST).

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  • 25 April 2015 16:47, by whatsayyou

    questions, what make father majamin Madol to leave diocese of Rumbek and involved in land disputes?Madol is not safe himself, he is serving more than two masters something that jesus christ condemn, Jesus said you can not serve two masters but Madol is serving SPLA, Wife,Money land Etc.

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    • 25 April 2015 18:15, by Ahmed Chol

      WhatsayYou,
      Jesus’ quote does not apply to Madol alone. It applies to everybody including you. He works for Catholic and prays for the SPLA as well. Is this good? Don’t punish him for this. Let Jesus do the punishment. Who doesn’t have money, wife, children, and land these days?. Jesus, said, love your neighbor as you love yourself, release him and give him back his land.

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