24 Jun 2018

 

Machar’s Ex Advisor Sentenced To Death

The High Court in Juba on Friday sentenced the former military adviser to the former First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar to death by hanging.

Machar’s Ex Advisor Sentenced To Death
Riek Machar's former Advisor, William Endley during his sentencing in court in Juba, [Photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 24th February 2018[Gurtong]-
William Endley, 55 year old retired South African colonel was accused of spying and conspiring to overthrow the government of South Sudan through the services he provided to Dr. Riek Machar.

The South African was hired in 2016 to advise former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar when he was in Juba for implementation of the agreement for Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

Col. Endley was first sentenced to two years starting from the 18th August 2016, for having contravened the provisions section 38, paragraph 2 of the Immigration Law, according to Lado Eriminio Sekwat, a High Court judge who read out the sentence.

“The accused was sentenced to death by hanging for having contravened provisions of section 67 of South Sudan Procedure Acts and section 57 of the National Security Act 2008,” said Judge Sekwat.

He was also sentenced to 7 years imprisonment starting from 18th August 2018 for allegedly breaching section 68 of the South Sudan Criminal procedure Act 2008.

All the sentences shall be carried out consecutively, Judge Sekwat said, adding that Endley was given 15 days to appeal the verdict.

The defence lawyer, Gardit Abel Gar said the decision to sentence the South African was procedural which he said has “occasioned miscarriage of justice” in the country.

“It has also offended the constitutional and substantial law of the nation and contravened it and inconsistent with the Cessation of Hostility Agreement which expressively stated that all prisoners of war and political prisoners should be released within 72 hour which has not been done,” advocate Gar said.

Advocate Gar said he will appeal against the judgment because the court has not administered the procedure or interpreted the laws accordingly.

He argued that the accused attended two sessions without any defence lawyer demonstrating that the court was either incompetent or impartial.

 

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