30 Political Detainees Released

At least 30 political detainees have been released by the National Security Service as part of the Presidential Amnesty declared earlier this year, Ateny Wek Ateny Presidential Spokesperson said.

 30 Political Detainees Released
President Salva Kiir Mayardit [File photo]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 12 August 2017 [Gurtong]-The 30 political prisoners were released on Thursday, amongst which Justin Wanawila Bilal, a religious leader spent three years at a security detention facility in Juba.

“They were released as part of the Presidential pardon to the political detainees in the country to allow the National Dialogue to gain momentum,” Ateny said.

He said the released include those who were arrested for crimes against the State, but not any criminal.

Most of the men were reportedly thrown in for supporting the opposition led by Dr Riek Machar, the former First vice president.

Human rights groups, especially Amnesty International, earlier reported that the men were “arrested without charge and held in torturous conditions.”

Community empowerment for progress organization welcomed the move by the President.
When launching the National Dialogue in May, President Kiir said: “As a gesture of good will and in the spirit of national dialogue, I have directed my prosecutor general to immediately review the cases of those who have committed crimes against the State, commonly known as political detainees.”

Following that statement and repeated calls by human rights bodies and the international community, the President released the former Governor of Wau State, Elias Waya and his former deputy, Andrea Dominic.


 

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