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Relatives decry "unlawful" detention of S. Sudan Chief Justice’s aide


February 21, 2017 (JUBA) – A relative of Thomas Gama, an aide to South Sudan’s Chief Justice Chan Reec Madut, has strongly condemned his unlawful detention, calling for his immediate release.

Southern Sudanese police in a convoy on the streets of Juba (UN photo)

Gama, an eyewitness said, was abducted at gunpoint from Juba airport by South Sudanese National Security Service operatives, last month.

“The unlawful continuous detention of Mr. Gama Thomas at the National Security Service detention facility violates his constitutional rights as enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan,” said the relative, who preferred not to be identified.

He said the former aide to the Chief Justice has not only been denied access to family members, but cannot access legal counsel.

“He [Gama] has also not been allowed to seek medical treatment since his arrest,” the relative further told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Several attempts, he further stated, have in recent weeks been made at the highest level of the National Security Service leadership, including through the Minister for National Security Services in the president’s office to visit Gama, but it failed.

“They [authorities] keep telling us to come tomorrow or the next day. At other times, they just tell us Gama is being detained at the Internal Security Bureau (ISB), when we go there, we are told he is being held at the General Intelligence Bureau (GIB), so we really don’t know his physical condition or his state of mind since he is being held in solitary confinement”, explained the distraught family member.

The former aide to the country’s Chief Justice is accused of his alleged involvement in leaking to the media confidential court documents, which contained opinions of one of the judges reviewing an appeal case lodged by the 16 persons convicted to life imprisonment for alleged corruption in the president’s office.

“We challenge the National Security Service to charge Gama Thomas before a competent court of law if they have evidence to support unsubstantiated accusations against him,” said the relative.

This convert security operation seem to has become a trend between Kenya security services and their South Sudanese counterpart. In October 2015, Susan Anyieth Chaat who is among the 16 persons serving life imprisonment was also abducted by South Sudan National Security Service agents in Nairobi with the help of Kenyan security agents and deported to the South Sudanese capital, Juba without the due process of the law and detained at the GIB headquarters and later taken to court on trumped-up charges and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.

Meanwhile, a United Nations expert group on enforced disappearances has called on the governments of Kenya and South Sudan to reveal the fate of two South Sudanese dissidents who were abducted in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi last month.

The two are Dong Samuel Luak, a human rights activist, who had been given refugee status in Kenya, and Aggrey Idri Ezibon, chair of the armed opposition’s (SPLM-IO) Humanitarian Affairs Committee.

Both individuals are members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), a rebel faction.

Abduction of the duo, rights bodies say, was done with the involvement of security personnel from Kenya and South Sudan.

“The ongoing hearings and recent arrest warrant issued for a suspect linked to these disappearances are positive steps in the right direction,” the U.N human rights experts said in a statement.

“However, efforts must be stepped up so as to ensure credible investigations, including into the alleged role of Kenya security agents, and promptly establish the whereabouts of the two men,” it added, further emphasizing that enforced disappearance is a heinous crime and an offence to human dignity.

The group of experts called on the authorities in Kenya and South Sudan to guarantee the safety and protection of the two and afford protection to witnesses who can help establish their whereabouts.

The group further stressed that any return of the activists or deportation to South Sudan would be in violation of Article 8 of the 1992 UN Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The measure, it added, prohibits the return of a person to any state where there are substantial grounds to believe that he would be in danger of enforced disappearance.


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  • 21 February 2017 09:55, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Thomas Gama, at first, you should tell us or the public about what have you done before you jumped to your unlawful arrest please! Talk sense before you are completely detained. We all sensed that you’re still linked to field IO, rather then the house IO! Is it true? What I am trying to say is this, I am not denning your right as well as any citizens. But, we MUST all respects our decision_

  • 21 February 2017 10:01, by Kush Natives

    _con. Whereby, we must always and foremost accepts our right or wrong decision at the same time. Therefore, let all wait for the court! I hope the supreme law of the land will set you free, if you’re found innocent!


    • 21 February 2017 12:20, by Lokoli

      Kush Natives. There is no supreme law in South Sudan. Is law for keeping cattle being carried by cattle keeper on south Sudanese.

  • 21 February 2017 14:22, by Manyngoo

    We are exactly in that era of Iddi Amin Dada. No rule of law. We hope for the end of such system of governance.

  • 21 February 2017 18:03, by Nationalist

    SS is being ran by hungry wolves who think that no SS citizen should talk his/her mind about the way these crocked spla/splm armed robbers are behaving. timing is coming when we shall have no splm/spla robbers in the independent states of Bar el ghazel, Upper Nile and Equatoria. They should learn from the United States of Columbia (Bolivia, Columbia, Peru.....)

    • 21 February 2017 19:16, by jubaone

      Hungry wolves? These are tailless monkeys who should be in their bushes or cattle camps running naked after cows. The great SPLA under Dr. Garang we knew has now turned into a bunch of thugs and criminals better known as "Stupid People Lacking Attitudes",who rape, kill and steal from ordinary citizens the people they are supposed to defend.

      • 22 February 2017 02:51, by john akeen

        I thought you said there is no educated dinka in SS so know you are talking about the great dinka Dr. John G the person who fought for SS that you are Calming is your freedom land and you don’t want dinka in it, I’m I right. so tell me what did Reik M do for SSese people then killing you and the people of SS. You know and I know and the people of SS know that Reik was tried to kill Dr. J

        • 22 February 2017 06:17, by jengelon

          John Akeen
          J1 said jenge oh sorry dinka are educated people in SS but they are not civilized at all & would never be 1/2 SS freedom came through Referendum not by guns points 3 Reik is not less than jce so till then let us stop pointing fingers rather then having a long hands shacking

  • 22 February 2017 10:13, by ngadodo

    dictatorship threatened chief justice which means that Lawyers operating in the direction of Country dictatorship.
    Lawyers, not independents in the Country.

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