July 3rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A military judge in Juba is reportedly sentencing General Stephen Buay Rolnyang to one year beginning from May 2018 when he was arrested, sources familiar with the matter told Nyamilepedia on Wednesday.
The same source said Buay would be released because he has already served the one year in prison, but said he will be dismissed from the South Sudan army. He would also be demoted from the rank of Major General to private for misconduct.
“General Buay will be released. The judges or the panel established by the commander in chief early this year has concluded that ‘the accused is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of one year (starting from the time of his arrest).’ So he will be released!” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
“He will be demoted from the rank of Major General to the rank of private for involvement in misconduct. He will be dismissed from the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces as well,” the source added.
The source further disclosed that the judge will order General Puljang, Joseph Manyuat and Kerbino Deng Thong to “compensate the body guards of General Buay who were killed during last year’s battle where he was captured.”
General Buay was arrested in May last year after he was accused by the South Sudan army of trying to rebel against the government, an accusation Buay said was made up to punish him for doing his constitutional job.
He was captured by General Puljang, a militia commander allied to South Sudan’s government.