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Rights body wants ex-rebel spokesperson before Hybrid Court


September 12, 2017 (JUBA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has urged the international community to intervene in the case of James Gatdet Dak, the former rebel spokesperson now in detention.

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James Gatdet Dak, Riek Machar’s spokesperson ’Reuters photo)

CPJ, in a statement, said it wanted the court case against Dak suspended until the long-awaited Hybrid Court is established.

"The South Sudan Judicary has no mandate to sentence James Gatdet because all crimes related to current conflict will be taken care of by the Hybrid Court,” said CPJ’s coordinator, Anthony Tito.

"Gatdet trial case is because of the conflict and therefore before formation of Hybrid Court, Gatdet should be handed over to African Union until the formation of the court by the African Union,” he added.

According to the official, once the 2015 peace agreement is resuscitated, then the Hybrid Court will be formed and all crimes committed against individuals or civilians during war will be tackled.

"I urge the IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] and the Troika countries to speed up the high revitalization forum to resuscitate signed peace deal that will enable the formation and operationalization of the hybrid court,” further stressed Tito.

"I call on the Africa Union and the Troika countries to work hand in hand to secure the release of James Gatdet,” he added.

In November 2015, Dak was arrested by plain-clothes police at his Nairobi residence and held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport police station before his deportation to Juba, South Sudan.

Various human rights bodies strongly condemned Dak’s deportation with many saying the move contravened the Geneva Convention.


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  • 13 September 2017 13:14, by South South

    Capital punishment for him, he had caused many pains to South Sudanese and many innocent people’s life were taken away because of his lies in internet. No Hybrid Court for him, we got him.

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    • 13 September 2017 15:17, by Redeemer

      He was deported because he is as doom as his godfather James Riek Machar. Where on earth can a person celebrate a political slap at the face of the country which hosts you

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    • 13 September 2017 17:06, by jubaone

      South South,
      Hopeless, that is "jienge justice and raw jungle law". The jienge criminals are culpable for forceful abduction of a registered refugee, violation of his civil rights, transgressing international borders with intent to commit criminal offence(there was no arrest warrant), Payback time soon or later. Malong once laughed, now he´s crying. Things change ya jienge. We´re tracking you.

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      • 13 September 2017 22:42, by South South


        I think you do not know Dinka tribe very well. Young men in Dinka culture are raised to be brave and protect their communities. Crying is one of the thing young men are taught to get rid of it when they are 7 years old. Peter Gadet is in our custody and he will get maximum punishment, just wait and see coward.

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  • 14 September 2017 05:15, by Monyjang

    dream about him, it,s already got case. about to be hang soon.

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  • 14 September 2017 05:48, by john locke

    So killing an innocent man who denounced and continues to denounce a corrupt government is jiangs way of justice? Just worry about the coming war in aweil if kiir doesnt release malong..

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