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Kiir sets Machar men free
Publish Date: Jan 29, 2014
Kiir sets Machar men free
Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta hugs the detainees upon their release
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JUBA - South Sudan released seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged coup bid last month, Kenya’s presidency said yesterday as Nairobi accepted to host the group.

The seven men appeared in apparent good health at a press conference hosted by Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, in the capital Nairobi.

John Luk Jok, a former justice minister, spoke on behalf of those released. “We don’t feel bitter, we only feel sad that the crisis in our country is happening just after our independence,” he said. “We don’t see our president as our enemy,” he added.

The release of all the prisoners has been a key demand of the rebels. However, four leaders remain in custody in South Sudan, facing trial for attempting to topple President Salva Kiir after fighting broke out in the capital Juba on December 15.

Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar and other former officials of fomenting a coup against his government

The arrest

Eleven ex-officials were arrested, while Machar – who denied any coup plot – fled, leading a loose coalition of rebel fighters. Fighting quickly spread across the country.

Both sides implemented a ceasefire last Friday, but combat has only eased, not ended, with reports of continuing clashes and a worsening humanitarian crisis that has left thousands dead and forced almost 800,000 to flee their homes.

Treason charges for Machar

Their release comes a day after South Sudanese justice minister Paulino Wanawila said the four men (still) in detention will face trial, while three others, including Machar, will face justice if caught.

Kenya’s foreign ministry said it was “still negotiating for the release of the remaining four.” The four remaining in detention
are: Pagan Amum, former secretary general of the ruling party, ex-national security minister Oyai Deng Ajak, former ambassador to the US Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, and ex-deputy defence minister Majak D’Agoot.

Humanitarian agencies say up to 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, although many fear more may have died.

AFP

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