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South Sudan youth denounce Dak’s death sentence

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James Dak (C) with his boss Riek Machar (R) and current FVP Taban Deng Gai in Addis Ababa during the peace talks in 2014 (Dak's Facebook page)
February 13, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese youth have denounced the death sentence passed on to ex-rebel spokesperson,James Gadet Dak on Monday describing the sentence as a politically-motivated decision.

A South Sudan court has sentenced Dak to death by hanging, citing multiple provisions in the constitution as the basis upon which the verdict was reached.

Dak was facing several charges, including treason. The special court announced the verdict sentencing him to death by hanging in the capital, Juba on Monday morning.

Multiple sources who reacted to the high court verdict said the death sentence violated the cessations of hostilities declared by President Salva Kiir and the pardon granted by the South Sudanese leader to all political detainees under several detentions facilities across the country in a connection to the conflict in the country.

“It is very clear that the government is not committed to the peace process as it now appeared in a continuation of all forms of violations, attacks on the SPLM-IO forces positions across the country, amassing on signing peace process now in Ethiopia and it contrary directing the justices against those who were involved in the conflict like James Gadet Dak,” said Emanuel Akolda Makoi Ater.

Ater urged youth across the nation to come out and strongly oppose the death penalty.

“There is a need for the youth of South Sudan at this last minute to come out with one voice calling on the government to direct its high court to release Dak,” he said.

Others called on the international community to urgently intervene in Dak’s case.

“My name is Machar Achiek, totally what is going in the Country does not reflect the image of peace because when both sides are busy negotiating on peace process, all forms of aggression should be halt, but now with the attack of government forces in Nasir on Sunday and again sentencing of Dak to death on Monday, what do you think the SPLM-IO should do with the signing of any peace,” said Achiek.

“Government is not committed to peace and this show to the International community that the government is on gear forcing it own citizens to rebellion,” he added.

The lead-defence lawyer Monyluak Alor Kuol described the verdict as a political decision.

“You know we pulled out last time from this process because we realized the whole thing was political. And because it was a political case, we thought it was to be addressed through a political process like the peace which is being revitalized in Addis Ababa, which called for the release of political detainees because the charges are not criminal charges in nature,” Kuol told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“Unfortunately we told today that the court has announced the verdict and we hear that James is sentenced to death by hang. In another verdict, we hear he is sentenced to life in prison and there is a sentence talking of 20 years in prison. You really don’t know the bases. We are going to study the case when it is brought to us again by the family. This is what I know,” explained Kuol.

The verdict sentenced him for allegedly inciting violence which falls under treason charges according to article 64, disseminating false information to the detriment of South Sudanese national security under article 75 and insulting the president under article 76 under the South Sudanese penal code of 2008.

On 3 November 2016, the Kenyan authorities deported the former spokesperson of armed opposition leader, Riek Machar from Nairobi to Juba because he praised a United Nations report denouncing the world body’s failure to protect civilians in Juba.

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  • 13 February 09:13, by Rumbek S. Sudan

    This is what youth of this country should be doing than to demonstrate on nonsense. The justice system in our country was shot by unknown gunmen and died long time ago; buried in J1. If true, as the saying goes that " Tell the truth and it will set you free" then James Gadet will not be sentenced to death by hanging by all means; because he is very innocent. That gentleman will be sat free one day

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  • 13 February 13:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nonsense, youth cannot support disestablity,
    James Gatdat Dak, is the caused of all problems affecting south Sudan more than Dr. Riek Machar Teny,by by insulting President Kiir,and a lot propagations to world.

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    • 16 February 09:22, by Resolution

      The death of James Gatdet will not benefit you personally Mr Makuach but it will again develop much hatreds between two tribes. FYI being a president you must be ready hear to critics and also describing president as a cattle keeper, all came in because no services delivery to innocent civilians. look at Americans how they are criticizing their president Trump,and also read over Uganda news AB M

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  • 13 February 21:56, by john akeen

    James Gadet Dak deserve any sentences because he’s dangerous then his leader Riek Machar himself. That guy is no good for leaving

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  • 14 February 05:18, by Nairobimitot

    South Sudan government does not know how to hang people to death especially under Salva Kiir Mayardiit. So do not be fooled that there is going to be somebody that is sentenced to death by hanging.

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    • 14 February 08:06, by Koryom2

      Treason charges and death sentences should have been handed out to big traitors like Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng, Mabior Garang, Lam Akol, Kosti Manibe & Thomas Cirilo. The traitors shouldn’t be running around in foreign countries trying to sell our country out to their foreign masters & foreign interest groups>>>

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      • 14 February 08:16, by Koryom2

        But since we have a weak president who has let every idiot in our country grow too long horns that it has becomes a new normal to steal & run to foreign capitals & then go & calls for humanitarian aid, regime change or negotiation with the same govt they were part of, to be re-installed back to his/her old positions. How many hooligans or traitors are often locked up by Uganda, Rwanda or ethiopia?

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        • 14 February 08:23, by Koryom2

          We all know them, but since South Sudan is considered by some criminals in the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs as their creation. And hence our country must be a US over sea’s protectorate & our people are to be the US & European’s subjects. And that is the evils always shout at the govt of South Sudan at the top of their evil lungs whenever the govt takes a decision that it thinks it is in the>

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          • 14 February 08:29, by Koryom2

            interest of our country & our people. But since we have some our South Sudanese fools who have sold their souls to evil corporate America, the UK, their UN & their NGOs; they also want to sell our country & our people also to their foreign masters & foreign interests. But the traitors are playing with fire though. These South Sudanese traitors are always told that their damn corporate America,>>>>

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            • 14 February 08:35, by Koryom2

              the UK, their UN & their NGOs don’t really give a damn about some of these foolish South Sudanese. The evils are just after our resources, land, our Nile waters and fight the present of Chinese companies in our by proxy. And this is why the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are so fixated on our country & our people even if there are massive problems in other countries like DRC, CAR, Libya, Darfur

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              • 14 February 08:42, by Koryom2

                Nuba Mountains, Southern Nile, ethiopia, Somalia & even Kenya. But South Sudan is where the hyenas from the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs are salivating to come & plunder & have projected their evil TV lenses onto our country & our people 24/7. And some of our South Sudanese fools are not reading in between the lines that these evils love affair with our country & our people is nothing>>>

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                • 14 February 08:48, by Koryom2

                  But pure bullying & to Geo-patriotically football play our country & our people like what the evils did in ethiopia, Eastern Congo, Angola or Mozambique during their then so-called cold war & are yet again replaying their cold-war-like game these days in DRC, our country again & had/are still replaying this same dirty game in CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine>>>

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                  • 14 February 08:54, by Koryom2

                    And we have some of our South Sudanese idiots who are so brain blocked to discern the dirty intrigues their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are playing against our country & our people. Many of South Sudanese idiots, the evil corporate America & European criminals want to force our country & our people to borrow money from their damn world Bank & IMF cartels>>>>

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                    • 14 February 09:07, by Koryom2

                      and then hand-cuffed our country & our people and then bleed our country dry like many other African countries. And then bring their usual evil juus experts to come & be lecturing our country, our people, how corrupt we are how we mismanaged our economy. Have a look on this link: http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/924127398?-21266:8599
                      Some of our South Sudanese idiots the link above is what your>>>

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                      • 14 February 09:13, by Koryom2

                        evil corporate America, the UK, their UN & their NGOs want to come & do in our country. And that is what is behind that damn so-called "High level revitalization forum" being peddled around in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa fools. The damn negotiation has nothing to do with the South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. But the evils are wasting their damn times & our times>>>

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                        • 14 February 09:19, by Koryom2

                          Remember fellows, as I always stated on this website & other sites, right after our country’s independence in 2011. Mr. Salva Kiir took almost his entire cabinet ministers to Washington to go & solicit the US investors to come & invest in our country since the war was considered over. Mr. Salva Kiir & his then cabinet ministers were flatly told by the US investors that there were no infrastructure

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                          • 14 February 09:23, by Koryom2

                            here in our country to come & invest in them. But when Mr. Salva Kiir & his then ministers came & asked the Chinese investors to come & invest in our country and the Chinese agreed that they would do what they can do to invest in our country & when the evil corporate America criminals hears that the Chinese companies are going to trade with our country & our people. The evils went berserk & wanted

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                            • 14 February 09:31, by Koryom2

                              a regime change and that is how the 15/12/2013 foiled coup by Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom & Co. was hatched some South Sudanese idiots. But when their coup failed, then the same US, the UK & their UN were the same evils who were quick to stick their evil long necks out that there was no coup attempted by their puppets/stooges. But these days, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some>>>>

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                              • 14 February 09:38, by Koryom2

                                of their creepy allies don’t even hide their regime change business. And that is why they (the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies) And that is why the evils are keeping their puppets/stooges like Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Kosti Manibe, Lam Akol & others, hostage in foreign countries & are using these same thieves, traitors & incompetents>>>>

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                                • 14 February 09:43, by Koryom2

                                  as their bargaining cards/chips to crawls themselves into our country again. Some of our South Sudanese fools do not know that the dangerous game being peddled around in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa by their US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their NGOs & some of their ally like ethiopia is going to put the whole region into flame>>>

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                                  • 14 February 09:48, by Koryom2

                                    the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between want a war in our country at all costs. But the evils are going to get they are desperately craving for in our country with a bucket full of it trust this. Who would want to live with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, Arab of Arabia & their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan? Who really wants>>>>

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                                    • 14 February 09:52, by Koryom2

                                      these vermins in their villages? Some of our South Sudanese fools, your US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their evil juus think, that they can Geo-politically chess toy around with our country & our people. Like their then East & West Germany or now South Korea & North Korea during their so-called cold war & then the evils hope that South Sudan would be re-united with the North Sudan & then>>>>

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                                      • 14 February 09:57, by Koryom2

                                        the evils (the UK, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their NGOs & some of their allies) would go & toss their champagne glasses in those board rooms & brag---western civilization. And this is why the evils are so fixated on our country & our people & not the damn massive mess in North Sudan. But as usual, many of our fools would never learn this dirty intrigue>>>>

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