Thursday December 14, 2017

Last witness to testify on the trial of the four detainees to appear in court tomorrow

JUBA – The last witness who was claimed to have the audio recording of the conversation between Oyai Deng Ajak and former Unity State governor Taban Deng on the night of 15 December 2013 is requested to appear tomorrow before the judges. 
 
Last Friday, judges threatened to through out the treason charges on the four detainees namely Oyai Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum Okiech, Dr Majak Agot and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who were accused by the government of staging a coup on December 15; if the person recording the audio isn’t available for questioning from the defence team.
 
There were also 4 witnesses expected to testify on Friday to give evidences on coup claims. None of them showed up, leaving the judges dismayed and unease. 
According to the judge, the person who recorded the tape must appear in person but the prosecution team don’t want that to happen. So the court was adjourned until Monday to give room for the prosecution and the person to show up.
 
Defence Lawyer Monyluak Alor called the proceedings on Friday as victory to his team. He said that the overall coup claims not only lack evidences but it also embarrasses the judicial system in the country. Alor said that he’s happy seeing the proceedings adjourned for Monday as long as the person who recorded the tape is present on that date.
 
“We wished that because the case lacks evidences, it should have been thrown out altogether. But we will see what they will give us on Monday.” – Alor said
 
The 4 detainees on trial are among a group 14 SPLM leaders accused by the government of South Sudan leads by Salva Kiir of trying to overthrow the government. Among the 14, 7 were released through a request by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. The 7 includes Deng Alor, Kosti Manibe, Luk Jok, Chol Tong, Gier Chuang, Madut Biar and Chirino Hiteng.
 
The other 3 are currently spearheading a rebellion. Three of these include Dr Riek Machar, the leader of the SPLM in Opposition, Taban Deng Gai and Alfred Lado. 
 
The Upper Nile Times
Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.


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