Arrest of prominent government critic not political: government


Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny (file photo) 

August 21st 2018 (Nyamilepedia)  – South Sudan government said on Monday that the arrest and subsequent detention of prominent academician Dr.  Jok Madut Jok is not political nor it was an intention to silent him.

On Monday, Dr.  Jok Madut Jok was arrested by the government while leaving the country’s capital Juba for an unknown location.

The government did not officially started the charged why he was arrested,  however, President Kiir’s spokesperson Ateny Wek Are you said the arrest was not political.

“The arrest and the subsequent detention of Professor Jok Madut Jok is not at all political or intended to silence him on his acedamic views,” Ateny said in a Facebook post.

He said the arrest was in connection to a bail to given to his nephew who was under judicial procedures for a rape case.

“I just want to inform all the members of this August forum that the arrest of Dr. Jok Madut Jok while checking in to take a flight outside South Sudan was never politically motivated. The arrest came as a result of the bail he had for his nephew (whose name withheld for legal reasons) who is a suspect in a rape case against 15 years old daughter of Gen. Fustino Atem Khoc Ayok (known as Atem Gualdit),” he said.

Ateny further added that “The 15 years old girl is impregnated by suspected rapist who then escaped to Uganda after being bailed out and he is believed to be hiding in Professor Jok’s house in Uganda,” he said.

He pointed out that the arrest of the government critic was carried out using a warrant arrest and not an arbitrary.

“The arrest was done through warrant of arrest which gives Professor Jok the right to be bail out after 24 hrs unless otherwise extended by the magistrate. More other details are now left for Professor Jok and the victims’s lawyers,” he further said.

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