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Sudanese POWs claim abused by SPLA, Juba denies


April 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – One of 13 Sudanese prisoners of war (POW) released by the government of South Sudan alleged they were mistreated upon returning to Khartoum on Thursday.

Sudanese soldiers, who were held as prisoners of war in South Sudan, sit upon arrival at Khartoum airport overnight on April 26, 2012 (GETTY)

The prisoners arrived at Khartoum airport via Cairo on Thursday after they were detained since 10 April by South Sudan army, SPLA, when it occupied the disputed oil-area of Heglig.

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir agreed to release the prisoners after being urged to do so by Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mohammed Amro, who shuttled between Khartoum and Juba in an attempt to explore ways of ending tension between the two neighbors.

One of the released prisoners, Khalid Ahmad Hassan, told reporters that their captors had only removed their handcuffs when they arrived at Juba airport in an attempt to “mislead Western media and convince everyone that they had abided by international laws.”

“This is however not the case” he said, adding that they had been “beaten, tortured and insulted” throughout their stay in South Sudan.

But South Sudan’s government has strongly denied the allegation, accusing Khartoum of telling the prisoners to claim abuse.

“The prisoners of war were not beaten. Khartoum told them to say they were beaten,” South Sudan’s information minister, Barnaba Marial, said, as reported by the country’s official account on Twitter.

South Sudan also “calls on Khartoum to release the 7 SPLA members it holds as prisoner of war, if they have not been killed” the same Twitter account reported.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry, Al-Obayd Adam Marawih, commended the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in securing the release of the prisoners.


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  • 27 April 2012 11:30, by talentboy2

    they should have imprison those terrorist.

    • 27 April 2012 13:42, by Lango2010

      those accusation said by one POW where enforce to them by bashir and his agency as propoganda to the world to believe but even those POWs knos that they were better to stay in RSS then being taken to North
      they will soon be kill to avoid telling the truth to their families

      • 27 April 2012 13:49, by Jewish Ally

        remember what the Roman and Pharisee to the guard about the resurrection of Our lord Jesus, the soldiers were bribe with money to go and tell the public that jesus was taken away by his disciple while we were sleeping.
        but the true spread the more.
        Arabs want to cover their shame, you will never find any one POWS in the North

    • 27 April 2012 14:18, by kingdom

      Our gov’t and her respect for Arabs’ lives,i wise these POWs detained until they release our SPLA POWs. now what have we gain? that’s uncalculated decree our President KIIR.

    • 27 April 2012 14:32, by kingdom

      shld have detained till our SPLA POWs are released. now why do we make uncalculated decree?

    • 27 April 2012 16:13, by daniell

      I thank government of Southern Sudan for its mercyful and lawful act.these prisoners of war for sure would appriciate goverment of southern Sudan in any way though they can not speak publicly.thanks.

    • 27 April 2012 18:29, by Panthouandbeyond


      DO not lie. Just thank God you are alive. Additionaly, tell us the truth.

      Panthou and Beyond

  • 27 April 2012 11:34, by mosa mel

    That is true. Khartoum force them to say that they were beaten or the will be kill. I heard that some of pow who were released by SPLA in 1998 were killed by Khartoum government and told family that they were killed in battle and denied release. It is Khartoum nature, not new to kill its released POW

    • 27 April 2012 14:29, by Ruach

      Khartoum shall never release SOuth Sudanese.We had better kill them

      • 27 April 2012 15:32, by peter athuan

        It is good that our Government has released their POWS because it is another way of regaining back the trust of the international communities.

  • 27 April 2012 11:39, by mosa mel

    Khartoum govt is against Sudanese people and their army. It want South Sudan govt to kill every captured Sudan army. So, Khartoum government doesn’t like SAF to back alive.

    • 27 April 2012 16:24, by zulu

      Mosa Mel,

      You have entered into the psych of the NCP. Everything it does, is for survival. Never in its intentions does it have Sudanese mind, people and future. It is a self serving regime with only 5 top offiials reaping the benefit. One would ask, is it the only perenail government? Why is the opposition silenced? why is it choosing war over dialogue with the rebels?

  • 27 April 2012 11:40, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Thank God you guys are spared alive. Where are our SPLA soldiers captured by SAF during Panthou battle?
    World community should know that NIF in Khartoum is the worst regime ever on earth, which has not kept any prisoners of war from SPLA - 1983 till date.
    Juba should demand immediate release of 7 SPLA soldiers captured by SAF or else, Khartoum be held accountable by ICRC n other monitors of War

  • 27 April 2012 11:44, by E. Defense Forces
  • 27 April 2012 11:52, by Beneben Bai

    the S. Sudan gvt and SPLA released those POWs according to the international law first, and for them to be the witness of what happened in Panthou for their colleagues and families. SPLA/SPLM did it before when handed over thousands of POWs to ICRC during the 22 years war and after CPA singed while no single POW from khartom????. why Egypt asked for only release of nothern POWs without S.Sudane ??

  • 27 April 2012 11:55, by viper

    Very unfortunate! For the first time that the prisoner of war claim mistreatment, not death. S. Sudan is really a law abiding country. Those POWs were just suppose to thank the SPLA for sparing their lives. They should not just talk of mistreatment. Terrorist are really not good. They are like devils

    • 27 April 2012 12:45, by BlackNationGreatNation

      ur are full of shit mate... South sudan is only 10 month old, and is showing a lot of respect to human rights laws. what about sudan for 56 until now maybe about 70 years on since the british colony is still not respecting human rights laws. killing civilians with bombs etc... great respect to south sudan becuase it will be a sanctuary for those who seek peace in the future for sure.. unlike sudan

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  • 27 April 2012 12:53, by Tambura

    That’s why I said we should not keep them as long we never got our POWs back. We took those people to market buy them new cloths gave them some money now we are still bad people. They were not looking like prisoner when we sand tham back. Aljazeera met with them they said they have been treated well. I think that came from Baboon Bashir because they are already killed our POWs we never saw them-

    • 27 April 2012 13:06, by Tambura

      - I said we should cut and feed our dogs their balls
      hehehe, I know dead fake arabi is a good one. Wolf can’t be dog even they been bron home among people. We are still in war, we know what will happen to our POWs of war..

  • 27 April 2012 13:28, by Beneben Bai

    POWs should say Al hamdu lilah instead because it was SPLA who captured them. if they talk nonsense, it will expose other POWs to something which they know if capture in any fighting in the future. they can say anything because they are sick and collected from Panthou hospital as been stated by their army spoke person (Al Swarmy)so don’t listen to them just treat them from their mental sickness

  • 27 April 2012 13:47, by kingdom

    The POWS were the most luckiest guys amidst hundreds that have died, though they claimed to be tortured. that’s expected always. please families of these guys have to thank the government of South Sudan for that.

  • 27 April 2012 13:54, by Waucity

    Ungreatful little people, Sudan you were released when you could have been killed in the battle field, yet you mention little things...Some of you as you sit in that picture have killed somebody..So just shut up.

    • 27 April 2012 15:45, by Beneben Bai

      according to incredible sources, most of POWs might be infected by HIV virus and hve reached stage of Aids sickness that is why they were kept in the hopital in Panthou (known to them as Higlig), it is good that SPLA kept them and send them back to swarmy for further medication in khartoum.

      • 27 April 2012 16:04, by Beneben Bai

        correction, i mean according to creadible sources (not incredible sources)and the rest follow

  • 27 April 2012 16:17, by Matiop Panchol

    There should have been prisoners exchange if there are SPLA POW’s held by Khartoum. What I know so far however,is that Khartoum doesn’t keep prisoners. SPLA released thousands of Northern POW’s from the civil war but I have never heard of Khartoum releasing any SPLA prisoners. So, the released prisoners should celebrate the fact that S. Sudan is not like Khartoum who would have killed them.

    • 28 April 2012 11:43, by Maror Ariech

      These POWS were very lucky because they are back home so they should stop tellng lies but itis not in their decision, they were told to say so ,if you are capture and release is it possible for you to talk against person who sypmthasize to release you instead of killing you ,so where are our SPLA pows those 7 guys apart 1983-2005 pows ,Omar is ready to kill a person he don’t think of what will

  • 27 April 2012 18:11, by E. Defense Forces
  • 29 April 2012 14:18, by Jonglei Shepherds

    That is the Arab culture. They are fond of lying here and there. I wish that soldier who was shaking like a women upon his capture to return to his base in Heglig so that he is re-captured by the gallant SPLA warriors again.

    Shameless cowards

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