June 13, 2013 (RUMBEK) – A traditional court in Lakes state’s Wulu county has sentenced a woman to nine months in prison for having committed adultery with a South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldier belonging to division six.
The woman is the wife of high profile MP Moses Ater Manyiel, who represents the Wulu and Barhgel constituency in Lakes state’s legislative assembly.
Adultery is illegal under South Sudan’s constitution and the case has caught some Wulu residents by surprise.
The court, headed by Mataba Yoro, handed down its sentence on Tuesday, with the woman, Nyankul Mau Chol, also ordered to pay seven cows and a fine of 7 million South Sudanese pounds as restitution.
Nyankul will be eligible for bail subject to her husband’s approval.
The SPLA soldier, was also sentenced to nine months in prison without the possibility of bail and ordered to pay a fine in the same amount.
According to Ater, he learnt of the relationship between his wife and the man after intercepting a letter written to his wife.
Ater has welcomed the court’s decision, saying he intended to bail out his wife within the next week and settle any outstanding issues with his in-laws in the traditional way.
Ater’s decision to pursue the case in court has been criticised by some residents, who considered it a private matter.
However, Ater claims that his wife fell pregnant to the soldier and that he took the decision to prevent the illicit relationship from continuing.
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June 13, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudanese former rebel leader Johnson Uliny arrived in Juba on Thursday to verify his acceptance of an amnesty offered by president Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Former rebel leader, Johnson Uliny, talks to the press upon arrival at Juba International Airport 13 June 2013 (Bonifacio Taban/ST)
Uliny, while addressing journalists at Juba International Airport on said his presence in the South Sudanese capital was a sign of peace. The former rebel leader was convoyed by politicians from Upper Nile, mostly from his the Shilluk Kingdom.
“I’m here in Juba today as a response for amnesty, with regard to all welcome offered to me by all politicians from Shilluk communities and the SPLA officers make an impression to me a lot”, said Uliny.
The arrival of rebel leader was witness by some high ranking officers from South Sudan’s army (SPLA), including Maj Gen Mai Paul. The officials expressed concern that Uliny and other Southern rebels, who accepted the amnesty offer in Unity state had both been backed by the Sudanese government.
Uliny claims he received supports from South Sudanese while fighting against government, but earlier this month admitted that his forces had received logistical support and militarily training from Sudanese government.
The ex-rebel dismissed the Sudanese government allegation that the South Sudanese government is supporting Sudanese rebels – the SPLA-N – in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
Uliny urged on remaining groups of rebels in South Sudan to immediately respond to the amnesty offered by South Sudanese president in order for development to take place in the new nation.
Brig-Gen Malaak Ayuen Jok, the SPLA’s head of information and public relations, says Sudan has been supplying heavy ammunition to the rebels as part of a proxy war against the world’s newest nations.
“We are going to organise a press conference so that these things will be display and they themselves will tell the public where do they acquired these weapons, Sudan is accusing us but [...] they don’t have any tangible evidence they can present to the public, but we have and these people they are living evident that actually the Sudan government has been undermining South Sudan”, said Jok.
In April over 3,000 rebels group with over 78 vehicles and heavy ammunition lead by General Bapiny Monytuel entered Unity state from South Kordofan, paving the way for other groups to also accept the presidential amnesty and peace talks.
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South Sudan Law Society (SSLS)
7 June 2013
Lawyers in the Republic of South Sudan call for advocacy for the supremacy of the respect of the rule of Law, Human Rights in South Sudan
South Sudan Law society have organized a one day Strategic convening meeting on the constitutional making process that took place on Friday 7th of June 2013 at New York Hotel from 3:00pm to late evening in Juba where all the Lawyers in the Republic of South Sudan, who are members of the South Sudan Law Society were invited and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Justice and lawyers were from different Institutions in South Sudan, some of them were from Ministry of Justice in the Republic of South Sudan, some were from various Law firms in the Country and many more.
The main agenda was the debate on some of the amendments that need to be put in to consideration in this current drafting of the constitutional making process by the National Constitution Review Commission (NCRC) that was established year ago by the government of the Republic of South Sudan.
As an Legal institution that is a reputable, professional Civil society Organization for all Lawyers in South Sudan that strives for good governance and respect of human rights, it was wise to call all Lawyers in the country to come and make analysis about how the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan should be review and how it should reflects people views and aspirations not individuals interest since this is the crucial movement where South Sudan is a Nation of its own.
The term constitution making process covers both the process of drafting and substance of the new Constitution. The process of making a constitution includes promoting the knowledge about the constitution, and facilitating the public participation so its represents moments of great opportunity to create a common vision of the future of the state, the results of which can have profound and lasting impacts on peace and stability.
Since the Constitution derives its authority from the will of the people as provided the article 3(1) of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011. The participation of all South Sudanese in the process is a MUST the people have to own the process by expressing their wills or views in a transparent manner
Background of South Sudan Law Society
The SSLS was founded in 1994 by a group of lawyers from South Sudan. During the second civil war (1983-2005), the SSLS was at the forefront of advocacy for rule of law and human rights in South Sudan. SSLS members participated in the drafting of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the National Interim Constitution and the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan. The SSLS is also one of the few organizations, private to provide legal aid services in South Sudan and advocating for the respect of the rule of Law and Human Rights.
South Sudan Law society was founded in 1994 in Nairobi. It started its operations in Nairobi and later relocated to Rumbek in South Sudan in 2002.SSLS was deeply involved in the peace process and after the signing of the CPA in 2005 it moved its offices to the then Capital of the South in Juba. In 2011 when South Sudan attained Independence, SSLS has spread its offices to all the States of the south and has seven offices in the country. Its headquarters is in Juba with offices in Torit, Renk, Yei, Akobo, Budi, Rumbek and Ikotos.
P.O. Box Private Bag Juba Southern Sudan
Tel. +211 (0) 955073591or + 211 (0) 955148989 or Sat. Phone: +8821644446320
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