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South Sudan’s prominent activist faces charges of terrorism


March 21, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rights activist and vocal critic Peter Biar appeared Thursday before the court for the first time since his arrest nearly eight months ago but the charges he is facing are different from the one filed against him initially".

Biar was arrested at Juba airport while on 28 July 2018 as he was on his way to Aweil, his arrest intervened after posting on Tweeter several messages hostile to the South Sudanese leadership. Also, he was known for his criticism for the peace process at the time.

He was first charged with national security-related offences such as publishing false statements prejudicial to South Sudan, treason among others.

However, on Thursday, he appeared before the High Court in Juba for alleged charges of threatening the national security and terrorism in accordance with the Penal Code, and the National Security Act.

Biar is accused of insurgency, terrorism, banditry and sabotage; violence in a public place; possession of firearms and ammunition inside a detention facility and gathering several individuals to commit a crime.

The South Sudanese prominent activist, in fact, is now accused by the security services of orchestrating a riot at the National Security detention facility in Juba, the "Blue House" when armed inmates took two guards hostage on 7 October 2018.

The court said the trial will continue until Monday 25 March. He is tried with Kerbino Agok Wol, a South Sudanese businessman and six other detainees.

Wol also was detained for a different charge but now he appears for alleged the same charges as Biar.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the South Sudan Civil Society Forum (SSCSF) called for a fair trial for the activist and the other detainees.

"We call on the high court to provide Mr Biar with full access to his lawyers for him to exercise his constitutional right to defend himself," further said the SSCSF.

On 7 October 2018, The Voice of America Radio reached Biar by telephone to have more details about what happening in the Blue House, as the attack occurred nearby a section for the political detainees.

During the telephone call, he said the situation was volatile and called on the government to negotiate with the detainees who demanded to be tried or released, complaining from the continued detention without charge.

"What we are hoping for is that the government of South Sudan is able to resolve this and is able to negotiate to those who have taken this decision to resort to this kind of armed protest," he added.


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  • 22 March 2019 01:06, by Eastern

    It’s clear now, whoever tells Kiir to stop MISMANAGING South Sudan, commits treason. FUCK!

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    • 22 March 2019 02:00, by South South

      That’s all what you do, insult, frustration, right? Arab medias are insulting Israel day and night. Does that shake Israel foundation? No, Israel is even becomes more stronger than before. The same thing in South Sudan, Kiir will be there for years to come.You can cry when you are alone, that’s ok.

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      • 22 March 2019 08:06, by Landlord

        Somebody is just like house wife to Kiir on this forum.
        you are fucked properly at nigh, you wake up in the morning saying thank you my husband, you are strong like Israel.
        Israel uses brain not uncircumcised tool.

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      • 22 March 2019 09:07, by Tilo

        South South
        This your jienge mentality of keeping kiir on the helm shall prolong the destabilization of SS. furthermore Jienge are the most hated in the country because of this attitude, hence this will bring KOKORA and Equ-Exit on the table, whether you like it or not.
        You either fix ur sh**t or face KOKORA/Equ-Exit period.
        By the way why is jienge so obsessed in Equatoria?

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      • 22 March 2019 14:12, by Malakal county Simon


        Stop lowering yourself first place and please related your comments to the articles.. How can some one be charged with treason, inciting violence against the State in the first and than jumped and be charged with terrorism act without a court verdict from the first count of being charged?? Honestly, the current court system is confusing at its best.. And those in charged of it, need to be

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  • 22 March 2019 05:40, by Chiir

    I beg that the charges should be drop because it is peacetime and during peace, there should not be agonizing families.

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    • 22 March 2019 07:07, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Thanks you judicial authority, security service perssonnels and the president for giving these young children second chances in life. free them and let them go about their normal daily business. orient them about the dangers of preaching the badness of your country to others nations.

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  • 22 March 2019 08:40, by Nyamlelthii

    Biar was charged posting on Tweeter several messages hostile to the South Sudanese leadership and being known for his criticism for the peace process at the time.
    He was first charged with national security-related offences such as publishing false statements prejudicial to South Sudan, treason among others but now charges have just changed. To me Biar has to be released he is innocent.

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    • 22 March 2019 08:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      forgiveness is an innate part of our culture as Nilotic. Biar is not innocent but he our son and therefore should be foregiven along with his colleagues currently in jails.

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      • 22 March 2019 09:14, by Tilo

        Lotodo Awino Odug
        What crime has he committed?

        He was initially charged on a different offence
        Now he appeared in the court on a totally different Offence.
        Can’t you see this is clearly a fabrication?
        Use ur brain to think buddy.

        Anybody who tells the truth and opposite kiir is charged with treason. Does jienge really know the meaning of treason?

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        • 22 March 2019 09:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          any incriminating evidence here can further spoil his chance of being release. I want him free because he has something to offer to this nation socially and economically than being kept in jail for too long.

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      • 22 March 2019 15:06, by Eastern

        Lotodo Awino Odug,

        Forgiveness an INNATE part of your what? What failed the first republic of South Sudan if not the revenge culture innate in the dinka culture? Dinka and Nuer have been feuding for as long as the world heard about them. Forgiveness is likened to cowardice by some morons even on this forum.

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        • 22 March 2019 18:39, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          This is an irrefutable fact among the Nilotic. If I go to Akobo today! no nobody will harm me. this the way we Dinkas and Nuer do things. we kill ourselves and come back to each other. is not this redicules?

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          • 22 March 2019 21:30, by Eastern


            There’s no gorgiveness if you go to the level of KILLING one another. You don’t have the words FORGIVENESS & SORRY in your vocabularies....!

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            • 23 March 2019 04:59, by Pakuai

              This is the second time l agreed with you. In our Nilotic plains & valleys, ’revenge’ is a way of life. But who doesn’t revenge around the world. When the US or Europeans blow up some Arabs grandmas, mothers and all, in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan. Then those people whose their relatives were wrongly blew up ’revenge’ against the US or Europeans. And that is sometimes called terrorism>>>

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              • 23 March 2019 05:09, by Pakuai

                by the US and her European allies, but the Middle Eastern people whom their grandmas, mothers and children have been wrongly blown up see the ’US and her European’ as the real ’terrorists’ and not the other way round. Good example also is Somalia. Somaliland use not to attack Kenyans or Ugandans, but when Kenya intervened in their Somalia on behalf of the US>>>

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                • 23 March 2019 05:22, by Pakuai

                  And when blew up innocent Somalians grandmas, mothers and children; the aggrieved Somalians ’revenge’ back against Kenyans and l guess that is why are more bombing of innocent Kenyans in Kenya by El Shabab these days. Even the word ’justice’ is all about ’revenge’ but in a subtle way----everyone around the world always seek ’a revenge’ against the wrong done to ’him/her’ by another person or state

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                  • 23 March 2019 05:34, by Pakuai

                    Unless you are weak or powerless to ’exact’ a revenge to a person or a state who wronged you, your family or a country. It is the way the world rotates chap. Some people with intention and good hearts always say ’revenge’ is not the solution as the saying goes ’if we keep removing eye for an for eye, then we will all go blind’ and in our Nilotic plains and valleys, if someone murdered another>>>

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                    • 23 March 2019 05:50, by Pakuai

                      person and has not been killed right away by relatives or friends of the deceased. The chiefs and elders of both people intervene and the deceased family is paid 31 herd of cattle (that is here in Bor people of Jonglei only), the chiefs and elders emphasized that human beings life is ’priceless’ and 31 herd of cattle is just for blood of the deceased and not his life and that the two families>>>

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                      • 23 March 2019 06:07, by Pakuai

                        or community (ies) must be ’sparred’ rages of ’revenge and double tragedy’ and that is why ’chiefs and elders’ are regarded highly in our Nilotic plains and valleys. They can dismantle a very ’complex issue or situation’ apart and come up with a solution that is a good solution for everyone---it doesn’t always go amicably to both parties though. But that is what the chiefs and elders can do.>>>

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                        • 23 March 2019 06:23, by Pakuai

                          Honestly, the Murles always play games with the Bor Dinka/Jiengs, Nuers and Anyuak communities. The Murles steal other people babies and kill innocent people by stealth. But they are always sparred. When the Bor Dinka/Jiengs was fed upthree years ago and went and where the criminals who were been playing games with others when they are told to stop the bullsh*t of stealing other people babies>>>

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                          • 23 March 2019 06:38, by Pakuai

                            and cattle, the Murles tasted a little bit of what the essence of the word ’revenge’ taste/look like. The Nuers did the same thing pretty much early in 2012. They went to Pibor and bloody nosed the thieves. And the UNIMISS and the NGOs who were been arming David Yau Yau were screaming that the Murles were targeted simply because they were Murles, my arse. The Murles don’t listen to their chiefs and elders>>

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                            • 23 March 2019 06:52, by Pakuai

                              Pibor (Pi-bor) is not even the Murles country, it is a Bor country with Mach Abol and other areas. Murles came into the Area in 1920th from Southern Gambella region. They have been warned to grow up or else, the owners will take back their Pi-bor, no one wants bullsh*tings some of these days. To grow their damn own food and take the babies to schools>>>

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                              • 23 March 2019 07:04, by Pakuai

                                Because UNIMISS, NGOs and any evil white men, Arab, Abesh (so-called ethiopians or other criminals in between we will find in Boma state, will be killed. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Back to the topic Mr. Eastern and others, Mr. Peter Ajak is a traitor and I know why. Mr. Peter Ajak can be released by the government of South Sudan like the so-called>>>

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                                • 23 March 2019 07:14, by Pakuai

                                  ’former detainees’, former ’South African mercenary’ and former Riek Machar spokesman, Peter Gadet Dak and others. South Sudanese people *always scream about justice* but when just is about to be ’exacted’ then they say, those taken responsible crimes are to be ’released’ and start again>>>

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                                  • 23 March 2019 07:26, by Pakuai

                                    When we tell our lowly informed losers on SUDAN TRIBUNE and other online trolls that our country and our people are always ’used by every trash around the world’ simply because of some of our leaders and mass population of our citizenry. Our country and our people are always use as the ’barometre to gauge their countries/people’>>>>

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                                    • 23 March 2019 07:37, by Pakuai

                                      For instance, ’Findland is considered by some evils in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between as their most so-called happiest country and people on earth’. South and the South Sudanese people are projected by these vermins as their least happy people on earth’ and these creeps don’t give any ’any damn details about the research methodologies’>>>

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  • 22 March 2019 10:25, by Kenyang ll

    Rotten regime on their jungle laws.

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  • 23 March 2019 02:08, by lino

    Hahaaa!!! A joke Government of Kiir!!! Peter was one of the Konyo Koyo Government defenders during the Sentry Report against the regime! And now was started telling the truth, but he faced the cruelty of the Blue House. When he entered tge country, he thought he has Dinka sign on his forehead and no one will arrest him, but his calculations were off!!!
    I know the man did nothing wrong.

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