August 10, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s newly appointed justice minister, Telar Ring Deng has challenged the decision by parliament’s select vetting committee, which queried his legal background alleging he falsely worked as judicial officer in the past.
Southern Sudanese presidential advisor for Legal Affairs Telar Ring Deng. (File photo – ST)
The embattled minister, who was earlier appointed legal advisor to the president, but later removed, has now presented president Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar as witnesses to his legal achievements during South Sudan’s liberation struggle.
“Accordingly from the foregoing, I posit that the argument that alleges that I chaired Court Marshall Courts, must fail as it has no basis, based on the brief history I have elucidated herein,” Telar’s legal opinion dated 7 August reads in part.
Towards that end, the living witnesses who can attest to these facts is the current President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir and Riek Machar Teny, who was commanding me under Wolf Battalion, it added.
Telar, in the letter Sudan Tribune obtained, also gives a historical synopsis of various roles he played in the country’s liberation struggle between 1984 and 1985, where he chaired the court martial.
The 11-member select committee, chaired by Abuk Papiti, has declined to endorse the appointment of the new justice minister, questioning the latter’s academic credentials and demanded that further background checks be carried out on him.
But Telar’s letter – copied to president Salva Kiir, Machar and assembly speaker, James Wani Igga – dismisses the committee’s claims alleging that he falsely assumed and executed the functions of a judicial officer during the liberation era.
The new justice minister said he joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in 1984, and was commissioned to the rank of a Lieutenant, after attending political school in March the same year.
He also holds Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Political Science and Anthropology (pre-law) from United States, and worked for Radio SPLM/A from October 1984 to April 1985, before going for further military training.
Telar claims he was appointed a judicial officer while at the rank of a captain in August 1985 by Riek Machar, who by then served as an operation officer in western Upper Nile region.
His elevation to a judicial officer, he stressed was “not on grounds of my person possessing a law degree, but because of the military rank as far as the GMC, which at that time didn’t require a law degree”.
“My mere chairing of the Court Marshall was due to my rank as a Captain, as Court Marshall is chaired by at least the rank of captain and above, and any decision made there from by the said Court Marshall is referred to the zonal commander, and the said zonal commander forwards it to the C-in-C for confirmation”, Telar wrote.
Telar stressed on the political character of the function underlining that the SPLM Penal Code, 1983/4 is silent on the qualifications of who should be appointed to serve as a judicial officer.
He also wondered why Machar, a mechanical engineer, was able to preside over many General Court Marshall appellate cases, yet he had no Law Degree.
“Accordingly from the foregoing, I posit that the argument that alleges that I chaired Court Marshall Courts, must fail as it has no basis, based on the brief history I have elucidated herein”, his letter noted.
He also mentioned the support he has from the president Salva Kiir and the former vice-president Riek Machar who witnessed in his favour in a written letter.
“The living witnesses who can attest to these facts is the current President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who was commanding me under Wolf Battalion”, he said.
South Sudan’s former vice-president has submitted his testimony to the 11-member committee tasked with vetting the new minister after it rejected Telar’s submission.
Machar, in a written 10 August testimony to the committee’s head, confirmed that he deployed Telar under his command as a judge from 1986-1992 with the assumption that he was a qualified lawyer following a directive from late John Garang de Mabior who recommended Telar to Western Upper Nile Zonal area.
The 11-member committee for appointments will sit on Monday to determine the fate of South Sudan’s appointed justice minister, who previously served as legal advisor to the president.
Telar Ring Deng’s legal opinion
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47618
George Athor attacked Fangak again? (Not true..OLD NEWS)
Why is this news? I have no idea. Please removed this old news.
That’s the same article written a few weeks ago.!! Correct this mistake or you’ll lose your credibility
Now, If you want to feed your readers with latest news…well post an article from South Sudannation website about the corruption that have been going on the police force under the ministry of Internal Affairs. Gier Chuang should resigned or sacked if he doesn’t.
HERE is the ARTICLE
South Sudan police academy mired in abuse scandal: Minister Gier should be fired now!
BY: MAGGIE FICK, Associated Press, Juba,
FEB. 24/2011, SSN; JUBA, Sudan – U.N. investigators say police recruits were beaten to death, sexually assaulted and forced to stand for hours in the blazing sun as part of a training program funded by international donors, demonstrating the challenges ahead for what will soon be the world’s newest nation.
Some of the 6,000 recruits who took part in a yearlong program to train new officers to promote stability in the war-torn region say they were raped and were beaten with sticks. U.N. investigators found that at least two trainees died from injuries.
The academy had received more than $1 million from the U.N. Development Program with promises of more aid. Now, international donors have suspended their support to the Rajaf police academy pending further investigation. Plans for the next class of recruits are on hold.
“Our rights as recruits were not respected,” one man in his mid-20s told The Associated Press. He detailed how he and his fellow recruits were beaten with sticks, kicked, “made to roll on the ground” and forced to crawl on their hands and knees as punishment.
The recruit decided to sign up for the police training after living as a refugee in neighboring Uganda and finding others jobs hard to come by in the desperately poor Southern Sudanese capital city of Juba. Instead of opportunity, he says he found despair.
“It made me lose my hope completely. I had no idea I would enter such a life, otherwise I would not have joined,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly last month to secede from the north. The independence referendum was part of a 2005 peace deal that ended a two-decade war that had left 2 million people dead.
Southern Sudan is still awash in weapons, many of them in the hands of civilians and poorly trained, ill-disciplined security forces. Police are badly needed to improve security and promote stability as the region moves toward becoming the Republic of South Sudan in July.
The academy was designed to create a “new guard” of police officers who had not experienced the brutal combat endured by tens of thousands of Southern Sudanese guerrilla fighters during the civil war. Instead, recruits at the facility described being deeply traumatized by some of these former guerrilla fighters, who are now serving as “commandos” in the southern army.
The human rights unit of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan investigated in December and January and said “many recruits died during the course of the year.” About 700 recruits did not finish the program. Human rights groups have been unable to independently confirm how many deaths occurred.
“Evidence is sufficient enough to conclude that a pattern of human rights violations ranging from extrajudicial killings, rape, and attempted rape, to inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment,” said a letter sent by the U.N. human rights unit to the inspector general of the Southern Sudan Police Service in January.
At least 400 women were in the academy when the class started in January 2010, although it is unclear how many females graduated the following December.
“Female recruits were compelled without their consent on diverse occasions to have sexual intercourse with some of the trainers at the training center,” it said. The letter argued that “high-ranking officers knew or ought to have known” of such violations.
The southern government’s Minister of Internal Affairs Gier Chuang Aluong refused repeated interview requests, referring the AP to a list of steps taken to address the allegations. Those included his ministry’s proposal that southern president Salva Kiir appoint a commission to investigate the alleged abuses. No commission has yet been set up to do so.
Joe Feeney, the head of office for UNDP in Southern Sudan, said international officials are “deeply concerned by the allegations put forward.”
At a cafe in Juba, the young disillusioned recruit now faces deployment to a new post. He signed up for the police training in hopes it would provide a decent salary in a place where few are found.
He’s still waiting to start earning $3 a day, but says dejectedly: “I’m not really interested anymore.”
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/Jonglei-One-person-killed-in,38096
By Philip Thon Aleu
February 11, 2011 (KAMPALA) – The second most powerful man in the soon-to-be independent state of South Sudan, Vice-President Riek Machar, is opposed to open-ended terms in power, he has told a Ugandan newspaper.
Southern Sudanese regional vice president Riek Machar (Getty Images)
“Overstaying in power beyond two terms prevents new ideas,” Riek Machar said in an exclusive interview on Tuesday with New Vision, one of Uganda’s leading dailies.
Machar said that setting a maximum of two terms in office would “improve governance and democratic systems.”
South Sudan voted overwhelming for secession from North Sudan in a referendum stipulated under the 2005 peace deal that ended nearly half a century of intermittent civil war between the two sides.
The most recent North-South war, which killed over two million people, broke out in Bor town, Jonglei state, on May 16, 1983, under the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), then led by its late leader John Garang.
The SPLM have pledged to organize elections and form a broad-based government after the south is officially independent on July 2011 in order to assuage concerns of possible political instability in the region.
South Sudan has a taskforce currently reviewing its interim constitution in order enact necessary legislation, including length of interim period and presidential term limits.
South Sudan underwent general elections in April last year re-electing incumbent, President Salva Kiir, by a large margin ahead of his main competitor, Lam Akol, the leader of a splinter party; the SPLM-Democratic Change.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/South-Sudan-s-VP-supports-term,37965