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Political detainees linked to S. Sudan coup plot face court in Juba


March 11, 2014 (JUBA) - A court hearing for four political detainees accused of treason by the South Sudan government in connection to an alleged coup plot to depose president Salva Kiir got under way in the capital, Juba, on Tuesday.

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South Sudanese leaders (left to right) Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Majak d’Agoot, Pagan Amum and Oyai Deng Ajak at a trial hearing in Juba on 11 March 2014 (Photo: AFP/Andrei Pungovschi)

The hearing started at 10:00am (local time) following repeated adjournments and delays, allegedly to allow investigators assemble more evidence.

Pagan Amum, former secretary-general of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Majak D’ Agoot, former deputy defence minister, Oyai Deng Ajak, former national security minister in the office of the president and Ambassador Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lol, appeared before a panel of judges.

Charges read out related to evidence of their role in the alleged failed coup attempt in mid-December, which sparked violence across the country, and their participation in a 6 December press conference, in which they criticised Kiir’s leadership as being marked by corruption and tribal divisions.

Telephone records were also presented allegedly showing individual discussions on strategies to depose president Kiir from power.

Other evidence tendered to the court includes documents seized after the arrest of some of the officials.

Government witnesses brought to testify include interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu, as well as the director generals for internal and external security, Akol Koor Kuc and Thomas Duoth respectively. Major General Mac Paul from military intelligence was one of the witnesses testifying on behalf of the government.

Seven other political detainees were released in January and immediately left South Sudan for Kenya. The remaining four detainees have since remained in custody despite mounting international pressure for their release.

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed and almost one million displaced since violence erupted between forces loyal to the Kiir-led government and rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.


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  • 11 March 2014 17:22, by chol

    Pagan Roman god should be hang along with his allies.

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    • 11 March 2014 17:42, by jijury

      The person who deserves to be capture & beaten to death is Mrs. Nyankiir M7 for having married to Museveni illegally. This Uganda president’s wife called Nyankiir Museveni had betrayed South Sudan. As of now, Nyankiir Museveni is planning to disarm SPLA soldiers so her husband troops can take over South Sudan. Nyankiir M7 had humiliated south Sudanese heroes, namely Oyai, Lol, Majak and Pagan.

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    • 11 March 2014 17:53, by Bolman

      there is no evidence at all just greedy . i never seen the very foolish president like kiir before in life, he kills the innocents Nuer Civilians for nothing just because they were Nuer and he kills the SPLA veterans for nothing, the foolish leader must died the same way he killed all those sections Civilians n SPLA Veterans, kiir must died this year no further than two months kiir must died

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      • 11 March 2014 19:12, by chol

        What veterans you means those fought For Khartoum returned Juba after war without any shame.No more forgiveness for traitors.

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        • 12 March 2014 01:56, by padiit gaga

          The blood innocent people will cry for Kirr and he will die like.

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          • 12 March 2014 05:16, by Mi diit

            That was a kangaroo court for sure. What is the name of that stooge prosecutor general who presented rubbish as evidences? Why didn’t he play the fake recorded tape for people to hear and judge its authenticity. There is no justice system in South Sudan. Simply there was no coup attempt, all were lies and allegations to get rid of democratic leaders. Down, down with Salva Kiir!

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            • 12 March 2014 08:18, by Mayom County Boy

              you missunderstand the tittle of the court .it is not kangagaro court
              it Dinka court .which does not give sense to every body with in south
              sudan.fucken dinka court

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          • 17 March 2014 11:19, by machar

            padiit what do you mean for those who will cry against president salva Kiir mayar-dit. the problems was caused by devil head damaged= Riek machar who has pick up arms against his citizen please aviode accusing president kiir for his well administration framework.

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    • 11 March 2014 19:09, by Kiir

      No coup attempted in South Sudan. Salva Kiir has made it clearly last year that he will get rid of Pagan Amum by all means. PLEASE KIIR LEAVE THOSE MEN ALONE AND SEE YOUR BUSINESS.

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      • 11 March 2014 21:39, by william

        You dogs you are denying the authenticated evidence so did that prostitute of yours called hile Johnson? Your denial will not serve any good though You marry ten thousand white woman to lobby for rebuting this treason.

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      • 17 March 2014 11:05, by machar

        whose Kiir name that you have quoted to become,however, you were talking about Kiir,s names what kiir could you become as long as you were talking about our president salva Kiir mayar-dit.please we should respect our dignity being south sudanese citizen.

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    • 12 March 2014 03:26, by Bentiu son

      Congratulations Comrades Majak,Lol,Oyai n Pagan Amum for being put on trial by genocidal regime under idiot President Salva Kiir n husband M7 for opposing dictatorial tendencies, injustice,inequality,dictatorship,corruption and a regime without conscience.We entire South Sudanese minus blind die heart supporters of incumbent President Kiir are all behind you comrades.Hence,Salva Kiir n his crooks

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      • 12 March 2014 03:39, by Bentiu son

        had concocted up’Failed Coup Attempted’which is really’Failed Assassination Attempt’against our hero Dr Machar Teny n you the senior prominent SPLM members.We will fight harder till you are finally release,Ugandan Army withdraw completely from our territory,those Nuer assassins brought to book n Salva Kiir lastly step down from Presidency because he had lost his legitimacy,legacy n creditability.

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        • 12 March 2014 03:49, by Bentiu son

          after brutally massacred about 10,000 his own citizens who elected him into current Office in 2010 Election, ordered his imported hired mercenaries UPDF Airforces to used banned weapons like cluster bombs against our freedom fighters under democratic leader Dr Machar in Mangalla,Pariak,Mathiang,Bor Town,Gadiang,Uror n Bentiu recently which contaminated those areas dramatically.Kiir must resign now

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      • 17 March 2014 10:37, by machar

        what do you means by saying that president kiir mayar-dit is the wife to president Yuri museveni of Uganda nations please this is indiscipline behaviors and this could definitely imply permittivity because salva was the elected president of the republic of south sudan.shame foolish nuer nyakgatine.

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    • 12 March 2014 03:33, by what the hell

      Law is the law if fine quilty they must face treason charges for the innocent people that have diet as a result of their creed of power, the next trial will be Riek and Taban Algore and Riek’s girlfriend Nyandeng with her son, Dr John Garang is better off without them his legacy will remained in the mind and heart of people of South Sudan for ever

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    • 12 March 2014 08:32, by paliau

      ashamed on government of kiir,before the hearing in court yesterday kiir allied failed to put affidavit. the reading was so negative, even the recorded sound was for someone else
      kiir must to adherence that he has fail the gov,t and the name his gorial as bhra el gazal as a whole

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  • 11 March 2014 17:30, by Snipper

    Pagan is a patriot only that was greeted by the devil who welcome him to devilish boat which later capsized.He is going to be freed but the devil still has to pay wherever he is!

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    • 11 March 2014 17:54, by jijury

      Nyankiir Museveni, must be warn that South Sudan is not Uganda’s company where that half fingered Man Museveni can do what he wants. But we South Sudanese with our survival hero Dr. Machar Teny have persuaded the west to impose sanction on them so both idiots cannot enjoy their honeymoon.

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  • 11 March 2014 18:14, by ngadodo

    Mr: cowboy, he should revrses his mistaked of drived South Sudan into breach of killing announce people in country and yet he ablame others people for His coup .he admin he mistaked instead to put people like pagan Amum into trial haha,Mr:Salva Kiir, somebody how doesn’t have ashame at all because he does’t knew his failure politically.

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  • 11 March 2014 22:05, by Bona K

    they make a problem, thus a problem faced them. If all evidence applied on this hearing coming to be true, then the hell is brake loose to our dumpers greediness leaders. Let’s hear more coming.

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  • 12 March 2014 08:53, by Positive Thinker

    It is better for a man to be blind in eyes than his heart. Salva Kiir is the weakest president of the twenty first centuary. He will be remembered has first president of SS who commiteed genocide on Nuer tribe in Juba

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  • 12 March 2014 09:04, by sudinka

    IT was not coup leave Nation makers alone if you hung the them make Arab will take south sudan back where there is no Dr John Garang ,Dr Majak d, Agoot,Oyai Deng,pagan Amum.

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