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President Kiir’s office aides stole over $14m in forged signatures: state attorney

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February 24, 2016 (JUBA) – Senior aides of the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, have been charged in court for using their positions to steal 14 million United States (US) dollars and another amount of 30 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP), according to a state attorney charge sheet read in high court on Tuesday in Juba.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir prepares to give his speech during the India Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 (Photo AP/Bernat Armangue)

Deng Achuil, a senior legal counsel and the government prosecutor, said the top suspects, Yel Luol Kur – the former chief executive director and Mayen Wol Jong, the ex-chief administrator in the office of President Kiir, signed documents authorizing payment of millions of dollars and SSP by central bank without the president’s knowledge.

The men were accused and suspended on charges related to forging signature of President Kiir.

‘‘The accused [persons] abused their power and misuse their positions and violated financial rules and regulations by committing breach of trust,” said Achuil, reading from a charge sheet before high court judges in Juba on Tuesday.

“The prosecutor also proved to honorable court that the above financial documents have been endorsed and signed by the accused, Yel, the executive director in the Office of the President, with the consent of the accused, Mayen, the Chief Administer in the same office,” he further said.

According to the prosecutor, the repeated fraudulence led to the stealing of over 14 million US dollars in the name of the president.

Another amount of 30 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP), roughly equivalent to 8 million US dollars of the official exchange rate at the time, was also stolen in the name of President Kiir with the knowledge of the lead suspects, Yel and Mayen, helped by 14 other officials from the Office of the President, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

“Furthermore the prosecutor will also call the witnesses who will testify that the directive and signatures found in the financial forms have been audited by the auditors were used by the accused Yel,” the prosecutor said.

The suspects were detained last year and spent at least eight months in detention. They were arraigned before court on Monday. The case was adjourned for Wednesday but delayed for Thursday to give the suspects an opportunity to meet their defence lawyers.

It was not the first time the two senior officials were implicated in the theft in the Office of the President. Yel and Mayen, who also hail from President Kiir’s home state of Warrap, were also suspended a year before due to earlier loss of millions of dollars and South Sudanese pounds alleged to have been stolen from a mouse hole where the money was kept in the President’s office.

President Kiir suspended them in a publicly announced presidential order at the time after exposure of the ordeal but later on reinstated them into their positions quietly in his office after few weeks.

It was not clear why the serial embezzlement of money using the president’s signature went unnoticed by top executives in the offices of the president, central bank and finance ministry for a long time.

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  • 24 February 2016 22:13, by Force 1

    Did any body know I also stole $20 millions in president Kiir’s office!? You see; anyone can say any amount is stolen in Kiir’s office.

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    • 24 February 2016 23:49, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

      Conspiracy of the highest magnitude. However, under the common laws principles as provided for under Article 19 (1) of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011, an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of a competent jurisdiction. Therefore, once their innocent is proven and found guilty, the verdict should be executed by the Judge in reference to the South

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      • 24 February 2016 23:57, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

        Once their innocent is proven beyond reasonable doubt and found guilty, the verdict should be executed by the Judge in reference to the South Sudan Penal Code, 2008, Chapter XXIV on offences relating to, CHEATING, CRIMINAL MISAPPROPRIATION, BREACH
        OF TRUST, OFFENCES INVOLVING CHEQUES, FRAUD
        AND FORGERY.

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        • 25 February 2016 02:17, by Force 1

          Gatluak;

          Please no one needs your judiciary lessons!

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          • 25 February 2016 05:28, by Mi diit

            BREAKING NEWS!

            I will stop commenting on this forum (Sudan Tribune) until this cursed stupid president (Salva Kiir Mayardit) is no longer the president of my lovely country, South Sudan.

            Good bye for now folks until new president in South Sudan!

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            • 25 February 2016 06:12, by Lorolokin

              President Kiir behave like as if he is the president of the Dinka, come to your mind before it is too late. you are South Sudan president not of the Dinka and these folk stole the money because they see it from you so don’t blame them as such you steal and the steal as well.

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              • 25 February 2016 15:47, by Hardlinner

                LOro, i’m dinka but i don’t approve of kiir having easy excess to south Sudanese resources. Kiir only have right to his own account not account of south sudanese funds. i have never heard obama or Bush ordering reserve bank to pay money to any group without consent of their parliament. if S.S central bank submit to kiir orders, then those guys have right to cheat that foolish system of government.

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            • 25 February 2016 07:57, by Son of Ngundeng

              Mi Diit.

              Not only you who will leave this Sudan tribune, What I know so far and beyond Kiir has hands on the crimes of stealing money in his own office, if not why he returned the thieves to their positions while he knows they were the ones whose stolen the money? Warrap people don’t fool the nation.

              Son of prophet
              currently at GHQs Fagak.

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            • 25 February 2016 11:59, by chuol

              Mi diit (Gatmakiir)
              Welcome but don’t debate with kids on Facebook any more

              Quit Facebook too

              Goodbye

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              • 25 February 2016 17:47, by Lango2010

                let the lesson be taught to the rest, i argue the law makers not to condone with the law but act according to the law from now on. start from the President Office and continue to the entire system of government from 2005 up to dec. 2015 good luck

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        • 25 February 2016 13:30, by Bentiu Sudan

          Deng Gai Gatluak,

          Your comments indicate that you are foolish and you might be one of those thieves. Do you have the laws that prosecute wrongdoers in South Sudan? Your comments were just copy and paste from United States Constitutions. Please comment based on what is going on South Sudan but not copy and paste some where else.

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  • 24 February 2016 22:52, by marie

    I bet you when the history of these guys are followed, most of them were hawkers in Suk Arabi in Khartoum and had nothing to do with the movement. They are just in the president’s office because of the kinship. This is what is killing South Sudan when a government is changed into dynasty.

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  • 25 February 2016 04:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let them be huge.

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  • 25 February 2016 07:14, by denng

    they should be executed!!!

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  • 25 February 2016 07:23, by Yei Top

    Game over:
    The office of the president has been branded as Office of the thieves, by the thieves, for the thieves and with the thieves until we see new faces in that office.

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  • 25 February 2016 07:37, by Thondet Manyang

    I love that! Let justice prevail. They are theives instead of generalizing. Kiir is now innocent. Those who are celebrating about rebels taking over, are making great mistakes since it is same Riek coming to same position. I wish we work together to bring thoroughly changes to our country politics. But tribal youths are being used as condoms. Stop the shit!

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  • 25 February 2016 15:37, by Hardlinner

    don’t blame the thieves but the government that allow Kiir to treat south sudan resources as his own. i have never heard of any chinese, japanese, americans and other world presidents/prime ministers ordering the reserve bank to pay whoever they please or want to assist. all matters regarding paying any group should have been done in the parliament not by Kiir.

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  • 25 February 2016 20:40, by lino

    It looks all the country’s fund are in the Office of the President!!!
    It is the same system when Southerners were IDP’s in the Northern Sudan with there coordination offices in Khartoum.

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