December 3, 2013 (JUBA) – The family of late engineer John Louis Silvano has protested over the recent reinstatement of Major General Marial Nour Jok into the police service, saying the latter is the prime suspect in the murder of their son.
Gen Marial was accused of allegedly responsible for the disappearance of John Louis after the two had an argument over ownership of a plot of land.
The victim disappeared since 2011 after he was reportedly summoned to the then office of the Gen Marial who was by then the Director of Public Security and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the national ministry of interior.
The victim disappeared on 25 March 2011 together with his Toyota RAV4 car bearing plate number CE 894L.
Before his demise Louis was working as an architect in the national ministry of housing and physical planning.
Media reports were also published about allegations that Gen Marial was involved in torturing prisoners in police jails, bribery and creation of secret and illegal detention centres.
As a result he was then suspended and detained by the former Inspector General of Police, General Acuil Tito Madut who brought the above charges against him.
However, Gen Marial was later on released months after his arrest under unclear circumstances without a court hearing for the charges.
He was recently reinstated into the active police service with his rank as Major General by the president Salva Kiir in his republican decree NO. 96.
However, in a statement published by the Juba Monitor on Tuesday, the father of the deceased, Louis Silvano Tukan, said they were shocked to learn that the suspect was set free and reinstated into the police service instead of facing law.
Tukan protested to president Kiir to revoke the reinstatement of Gen Marial so that he should first appear before a court of law, questioning whether justice prevails in the new country.
“We want to ask the people of South Sudan and the rest of the world that is there justice, rule of law, equality and accountability for all citizens of this new nation?” he lamented.
He further added that the news about the reinstatement of the suspect has renewed mourning in the family, saying they are also fearing for their lives.
“Or does the presidential decree mean to reinstate him such that he can now organise for another dead squad to eliminate me the father and members of John’s family such that the whole case is finally brought to an end”, further reads the statement.
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December 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) asserted its ability to swiftly deal with rebel plots and squash them to protect the nation and its territorial integrity.
National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers at a parade in Khartoum December 3, 2013 (ST)
The country’s security apparatus on Tuesday concluded a military parade that included 7,000 of its members which marched through different districts of the Sudanese capital over the last few days causing traffic jams and infuriating drivers.
Al-Khalifa Square in Sudan’s twin capital city of Omdurman witnessed the conclusion of this unusual display of force.
The NISS Deputy Director Major General Salah al-Tayeb who addressed the parade stressed that the government is keen on peace and that they are not war mongers but that they will only accept a “peace with dignity with our heads high”.
Al-Tayeb said that this procession was meant as a clear message to those who live in luxury hotels in the capitals of Europe as well as Kampala and other international cities in reference to rebel groups who joined ranks under the umbrella Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF).
The NISS official accused the rebels of begging foreigners for food and arms to kill their fellow countrymen in Sudan.
He resolved that the youths of Sudan are ready to crush the insurgency this summer adding that the parade comes in the context of the training and physical preparation to enforce the directives of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to establish security and stability in the country.
Battles are reportedly ongoing in Sudan’s West Kordofan state which borders South Kordofan between SRF and the Sudanese army with both sides claiming to be making major strides.
The border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been witnessing armed conflict between the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) which is a member of SRF and the Sudanese army since 2011.
This month several senior Sudanese officials announced that troops are heading to Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, saying that the government troops would carry out a major military campaign to eliminate the armed rebellion.
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December 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013 released by Transparency International (TI) this week kept Sudan on the very low end compared to other world countries.
Sudan’s index score declined from 13 in 2012 to 11 this year making it ahead of only Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia. It is ranked at 174 out of 175 among the countries surveyed.
Ironically South Sudan, which came to birth in July 2011, was given a slightly better score than Sudan.
Sudanese officials acknowledge the existence of corruption within government ranks and affiliated bodies but insist that is grossly exaggerated without solid proof.
Early in 2012, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the establishment of an anti-corruption commission to “monitor and follow what is being published in the media about corruption,” and to coordinate with the Presidency of the Republic and other competent authorities in the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly in order to complete information on what is being raised about corruption on the state level”.
But after more than a year of seemingly zero activity, Bashir sacked the commission head and did not appoint a replacement dealing blow to demands by the public for more robust investigation of corruption.
A major economic government-sponsored forum held in Khartoum last month called for establishing an anti-graft commission as one means of resolving the financial crisis faced by the country.
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