Six freed in S Sudan multimillion-dollar theft case

JUBA

The South Sudan High Court has acquitted six of 16 people convicted of stealing millions of dollars from the Office of the President.

The 16, including four Kenyans, were accused of playing a role in the loss of more than $14 million and 30 million South Sudanese pounds.

They were sentenced to life in prison in June 2016, but the Appellate Court referred the case back to the High Court for lack of enough evidence.

INVESTIGATION
Deputy Chief Justice John Gatwech Lul said the six people set free were proven innocent, based on thorough investigations.

They are: Anyang Majok Ayuen, Garang Aguer, Anyieth Chaat Paul, Mayen Wol, Chaat Paul and Nhomuot Agoth Cithiik.

“They are found innocent and are acquitted of all charges; they must be set free immediately,” Mr Gatwech said.

JAIL TERM

He, however, said the remaining 10, including the Kenyans Anthony Mwadime, Ravi Gaghda, Boniface Muriuki and Anthony Keya, were found guilty and would serve different jail terms.

The others are John Agou Wuoi, Yel Luol, Francis Yata and Diing Ajiing, Ana Kalisto and Kur Ayuen.

The court reduced the sentences of nine of the convicts to nine years in prison; and 13 years for Agou, whom the court heard was the mastermind.

The South Sudanese justice system has attracted criticism beyond the country’s borders for being weak and corrupt.

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