North Korea canceled secret meeting with Pence at Olympics

North Korea canceled secret meeting with Pence at Olympics
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Vice President Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials during his stop in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the Winter Olympics earlier this month, but the North Koreans canceled, Pence’s office confirmed Tuesday.

According to The Washington Post, which was the first to report on the meeting and its subsequent cancellation, Pence and his aides were slated to meet Feb. 10 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and North Korea’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam. However, the North Koreans called off the meeting a couple hours before it was set to take place.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the Vice President softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, said in a statement.

The meeting was in the works for a couple weeks, and was scheduled before Pence departed for his trip through Asia on Feb. 5, according to the Post. Pence was expected to use the meeting to vocalize the Trump administration’s stance against North Korea.

Pyongyang reportedly objected to Pence’s announcement of forthcoming sanctions, as well as his meeting with North Korean defectors.

“We regret [the North Koreans’] failure to seize this opportunity,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death,” she added, referring to Otto Warmbier, who died after being arrested in North Korea, and whose father Pence met with during the Olympics.

Pence said leading up to the Olympics that he intended to use his appearance at the opening ceremonies to push back against any favorable media narrative the North Koreans generated by attending the Winter Games.

The vice president caused a stir in the media when he was seated a few feet away from Kim Yo Jong during the opening ceremonies, but did not acknowledge her.

Tensions have cooled recently between North and South Korea, as the two countries have engaged in talks for the first time in years.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has taken a more rigid approach.

Pence has said the Trump administration is willing to talk with North Korea, but would continue to pressure the government to end its nuclear program.

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Dinka Vs Nuer in Australia: South Sudanese police taskforce stalls with two groups of leaders at odds

DAVID HURLEY, Herald Sun

Who said Nuer and Dinka will be the same again? A TASKFORCE of South Sudanese community leaders established by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton seven weeks ago has been riddled with internal political divisions which have hindered its progress.

Mr Ashton confirmed this morning that a group from Melbourne’s southeast and a group from the city’s west were at odds with each other.

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The Chief Commissioner confirmed there had been issues between the Dinka and Nuer groups.

“It is not my issue to get involved with their internal issues around politics,” Mr Ashton said on 3AW.

“As long as I can get assistance with trying to settle down those elements in the community.”

Mr Ashton said members of the community were helping Victoria Police but it was correct to say the taskforce — which was announced with a highly publicised press conference in early January — had not yet got into “full stride”.

“It has met a few times and it is trying to form up its membership for us,” Mr Ashton said.

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Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton set up the community taskforce. Picture: David Caird

“My request to them was to form up a taskforce to assist with the community.

“We have been having issues with African youth offenders and that has been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time.

“We want the community to be involved in sorting that issue out.”

Mr Ashton said he had asked Melbourne’s South Sudanese community to sort out the membership and to let Victoria Police know what the membership will be.

“They are still working through it,” Mr Ashton said.

“They have met a few times and we have been going along to those meetings.

Sudanese Community Leaders Urges Young Offenders to Stop ‘Thuggish’ Behaviour. Credit — Victoria Police via Storyful

“But it is a very political environment. There are elections coming up within the community about different office holders.

“It is still an ongoing thing we have to deal with but we continue to work with them.

“It is not my issue to get involved with their internal issues around politics … as long as I can get assistance with trying to settle down those elements in the community.”

Mr Ashton said he hoped the issue would be resolved promptly.

“It is not in full stride yet but it is up and is working to some extent,” he said.

“It is going to take time to do all that because there is politics in the community.”

david.hurley@news.com.au

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Kendrick Lamar Is Sending 1,000 Kids to See ‘Black Panther’

The movie “Black Panther” out today is very dear to Kendrick Lamar, who was the driving force behind the film’s critically acclaimed album.

Now he wants to share his hard work with kids who might not be able to see the movie while it’s out in theaters.

Lamar’s record label Top Dawg Entertainment bought out five different screenings in three cinemas in the Los Angeles area for kids who live in the Watts housing project, the Fader reports.

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An estimated 1,000 kids will be able to see the movie now, which is being hailed as one of the best superhero movies of all time.

The three cinemas are situated nearby three distinct housing projects —  Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs, and Imperial Courts Projects — and children will be able to go to the theater that’s closest to them.

Lamar isn’t the only person buying tickets for the underprivileged. T.I. and Octavia Spencer are sending thousands of children to see the movie and many more campaigns are on GoFundMe.

Part of why “Black Panther” is so anticipated is because it’s an unabashed celebration of African-American culture that challenges Hollywood notions of representation. It features a black director, black screenplay writers, and a primarily black cast. It has a phenomenal soundtrack (featuring Global Citizens like Kendrick Lamar).

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It occurs in a fictional African country called Wakanda that was never colonized. By showing an African country as prosperous and thriving, it defies the usual reductive treatment that the continent receives. And it’s being released during Black History Month as people throughout the US reflect on black culture from the past several centuries.

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People have been building excitement for “Black Panther” for months and now that it’s finally here, it’s expected to shatter box office records during its premier weekend.

For long afterwards, Lamar’s soundtrack will be bringing people back to the movie as “King’s Dead” and “All the Stars” are played in cars, headphones, and clubs.

Human Right groups: Unfair Justice: South Sudan Government & Kenyan Allies should be held accountable for the life of James Gatdet Dak

February 19, 2018, The South Sudan’s human rights groups in the Diaspora call upon the South Sudan government to drop all charges against, and release unconditionally, Mr. James Gatdet Dak, former journalist and spokesperson of the South Sudan Liberation Movement -In Opposition (SPLM-IO) with an immediate effect.

On 12th February, 2018, James Gatdet Dak, was sentenced to death penalty on charges of treason and war incitement against the government of South Sudan by the rogue regime in Juba after spending one year in detention. Dak was innocently accused and his imprisonment was only politically motivated by his affiliation to an opposition group.

James Gatdet Dak was kidnapped on November 4th, 2016 at his residence in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, by the Kenyan authorities after his comments on his Facebook page regarding the dismissal of Mr. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan citizen, working as a commander of the United Nations’ forces in South Sudan.  Mr. Kimani was dismissed on allegations of failing to protect civilians during clashes on July 8, 2016 in Juba between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the opposition forces under Dr. Riek Machar.

The Kenyan authority acted in an irresponsible manner by violating the international law for refugees’ protection by deporting James Gatdet Dak to South Sudan regardless of his refugee status.

Dak’s judgment is a total violation of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan article 19.6 which stipulates a right of any accused to defend himself/herself through a lawyer of their own choice. Dak’s verdict was pronounced few months after his defendants walked away in protest of unfair trial conducted by the South Soudan high court.

The court is also dishonoring the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) Article 8.3 of demobilization signed on December 21st, 2017, which states that all the political prisoners and detainees shall be released within 14 days after the signing of the agreement.

The government of South Sudan needs to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and the protection of civilians instead of conducting politically motivated prosecutions. Real leadership is needed if Kiir’s regime is to convince South Sudanese and the world that his government is genuinely supporting public opinions and the freedom of press for pursuit of peace.

The human rights groups call on South Sudan government to respect its own constitution and the recent CoHA to release all political detainees and to give room for peace to prevail in the country.

South Sudan human right groups in the Diaspora call on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), U.S congress, European Union, IGAD, Troika countries, African Union, all the international human rights organizations, Faith based groups and human rights activists to use their power and immediately intervene and stop the politically motivated prosecutions on James Gatdet Dak by the Juba regime.

Sincerely yours,

Global Partnership for Peace in South Sudan – Theresa Samuel, gappss.info@gmail.com

Human Rights activists – Simon Deng, sdengkak@yahoo.com

Nile Peace Development Relief Agency USA – Dr. Gatluak Deith, gatluakdieth757@gmail.com

South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights (SSIAHR) – Peter Gatkuoth W. Kuel, peterkuel@yahoo.com

Constructive Revitalization? Troika Statement on Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan

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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 16, 2018

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) over the last two weeks in Addis Ababa. The Troika expresses its appreciation for and fully supports the continuing effort by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to restore peace through the HLRF, and commends the tireless efforts of the IGAD Special Envoy Ambassador Ismail Wais and the mediation team.

The Troika underscores the critical importance of the parties creating a conducive environment for peacemaking: fighting while talking is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The parties must make good on their promises to implement the Agreement on a Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in December 2017. We take note and support the intention by IGAD and the African Union to identify and impose consequences on those undermining peace as soon as possible and we stand ready to support them in their efforts. Implementation of the ACOH must also include the release of political prisoners and prisoners of war, the end to the use of child soldiers and sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon. The parties must also allow unfettered access for Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) monitors and for humanitarian assistance and aid workers responding to Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis.

While useful dialogue has taken place over the past two weeks, there is much more for the parties to do if the HLRF is to make meaningful and sustainable progress towards peace. The Troika calls on all parties to reconvene as soon as possible, without preconditions, to address the important security and governance arrangements that are essential for peace. We urge all parties to take steps to maintain the momentum of the process and refrain from comments or actions that could make returning to dialogue more difficult. We urge the parties to agree that a negotiated arrangement for an inclusive transitional government that reflects South Sudan’s diversity is needed. We encourage the parties to set as priorities the separation of powers, dispute resolution and reconciliation mechanisms, service delivery, and accountability. Arrangements must not advantage any political, armed, or ethnic group. We call on the parties to develop practical security arrangements that end violence and build confidence, and set out a realistic path to broader security sector reform. We urge the parties to support financial reforms that address corruption and build confidence in public institutions.

The Troika renews its firm view that elections in 2018 are not viable given the continuing conflict, lack of security, displacement of one third of the population, and severe food insecurity affecting half the population. It calls on all parties to reject any unilateral effort to extend power though the ballot box, the legislature, or military means. A negotiated path to elections also means the protection of fundamental political freedoms, and significant improvements in security and humanitarian conditions. The Troika continues to stand with the people of South Sudan and urges their leaders to move expeditiously to achieve the peace their people deserve.

New development: Joh n Kerry was behind July 2016 Juba attempted murder of Dr. Riek Machar

February 19, 2018, John Kerry is now confirmed by Taban Dang that he was helping them during 2016 war in Juba. He said the goal was not to destroyed peace, it was rather how to get a rid of Dr. Riek Machar.

This moved, however, was not seen when then, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan’s leaders to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to discuss escalating violence in South Sudan and the deployment of a U.N. protection force.

“It’s really up to the people, the leadership of South Sudan to lead and to do the things that they’ve promised to do,” Kerry said in an interview with South Sudan’s “Eye Radio” broadcast on Tuesday morning.

“If they don’t, then obviously it may be that the U.N. arms embargo and sanctions are going to be the tools of last resort. It’s not what people wanted to have to do, but our hope is that the government, the transition government will seize the bull by the horns here and get the job done,” he added.

Fighting in the capital Juba last month has raised fears that the five-year-old nation could slide back into civil war.

The violence prompted the United Nations to authorise the deployment of 4,000 extra U.N. troops to bolster a U.N. mission there, warning South Sudan it would face an arms embargo if it did not cooperate.

South Sudan’s government initially said it would not cooperate with the new U.N. troops which will be under the command of the 12,000-strong UNMISS mission. But since then it has said it was still considering its position.

Kerry said the force was not an intervention force that would challenge the sovereignty of the country. Its main task would be to protect property and civilians in Juba.

South Sudan secured its independence in 2011, but by December 2013 the longtime political rivalry between Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, had led to civil conflict that often followed ethnic lines.

The two men signed a peace deal in August 2015, but spent months wrangling over details while sporadic violence flared. Crucial elements of the deal, such as integrating the government and former rebel forces, have not been carried out.

The fighting has killed thousands of people and driven more than 2 million people from their homes, with many of them fleeing to neighboring states.

Ask whether the United States was willing to help South Sudan’s economy recover, Kerry said it would only do so if the nation’s leaders implemented a peace agreement and was doing whatever necessary to stabilise the country.

“If they choose not to do that, then we, who have been the largest donor in the world to the government of South Sudan, will have to rethink what we’re doing,” he added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Edmund Blair and Michael Perry

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Which God? God told me to marry 48 wives so I don’t commit adultery – Prophet with 39 wives, 103 children, 232 grandchildren

February 19, 2018, Self-proclaimed Kenyan prophet Nabii Yohana (V) from Nandolia village, Bukembe West Ward Kanduyi Constituency, who has married 39 wives, and have born him 103 children and 232 grandchildren, says God told him to marry up to 48 wives to avoid committing adultery.

Three of his wives are deceased yet he says he’s not done.
“God chooses these wives for me. I have never dated any of them but God brings them to me,” he said. “And according to God’s word, I’m supposed to marry up to 48 wives so that I don’t commit adultery,” says the man who has never shaved since birth.
Nabii who is a strict vegetarian has five homes: Six of his wives live in Soi, Lugari Sub County, five in Kimilili, five in Chereng’any, 16 in Kakamega town and four are in Kitale town.
He revealed that his wives cook for him saga, suja (bitter vegetables) and murenda. He doesn’t eat meat.
Originally born Ronald Nakalila Wanyama, Nabii claims that he is the reincarnated John the Baptist.
“I am John the Baptist who was beheaded. I lived as a white man in the US and now Africa where I’ll live for 280 years,” he said, adding that, “According to the prophecy God gave me, I will die but resurrect and live for another 2,700 years.”
Nabii claims that he is on a mission to, “Save mankind from corruption, homosexuality and bad governance. I am the way, the truth and the last prophet sent by God.”
But to perform this role, he has revised the current bible because it is outdated.
“My bible will be unveiled on April 23 at my Muungano Church of Holy Spirit for All Nations at Nandolia village in Bungoma,” he said.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will be the chief guests during the launch because we want them to give us money for printing many books to be distributed countrywide,” he said.
In an interview with The Nairobian at his home in Bungoma County, Nabii claims his bible which took him 68 years to author has 93 books: 48 books for Old Testament.
Some of the books include Mfarisayo Wilson, Agnes, Mfarisayo Geoffrey, Benson (II), Peter Petro and Mfarisayo Peter among others. Nabii’s new bible only has verses unlike the Holy Bible which is divided into chapters.
The self-proclaimed prophet who commands a huge following in Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Kisumu County says churches in Kenya have until April this year to migrate.
Meanwhile, the prophet says he will petition the government to replace the shilling with his currency called mzawadi and he wants  President Uhuru to move Central Bank headquarters to the Kenya-Uganda border at Lwakhakha where his new currency ‘Mzawadi ‘ will be launched.
“The current currency is the source of all ills like corruption, robbery with violence, political assassinations and the spread of HIV /AIDS and it must be abolished for this country to prosper. The image of President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the currency implies that it his private property,” he told The Nairobian.
Nabii who also prays for the sick and claims to resurrect the dead, has clients ranging from politicians to top government officials.
“I bring back the dead by jumping over them three times,” he said. To heal the sick, “I step on them and they receive their healing.”

New development: Joh n Kerry was behind July 2016 Juba attempted murder of Dr. Riek Machar

February 19, 2018, John Kerry is now confirmed by Taban Dang that he was helping them during 2016 war in Juba. He said the goal was not to destroyed peace, it was rather how to get a rid of Dr. Riek Machar.

This moved, however, was not seen when then, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan’s leaders to “get the job done” by fully implementing a peace deal or face a U.N. arms embargo and sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

His warning followed meetings in Nairobi on Monday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to discuss escalating violence in South Sudan and the deployment of a U.N. protection force.

“It’s really up to the people, the leadership of South Sudan to lead and to do the things that they’ve promised to do,” Kerry said in an interview with South Sudan’s “Eye Radio” broadcast on Tuesday morning.

“If they don’t, then obviously it may be that the U.N. arms embargo and sanctions are going to be the tools of last resort. It’s not what people wanted to have to do, but our hope is that the government, the transition government will seize the bull by the horns here and get the job done,” he added.

Fighting in the capital Juba last month has raised fears that the five-year-old nation could slide back into civil war.

The violence prompted the United Nations to authorise the deployment of 4,000 extra U.N. troops to bolster a U.N. mission there, warning South Sudan it would face an arms embargo if it did not cooperate.

South Sudan’s government initially said it would not cooperate with the new U.N. troops which will be under the command of the 12,000-strong UNMISS mission. But since then it has said it was still considering its position.

Kerry said the force was not an intervention force that would challenge the sovereignty of the country. Its main task would be to protect property and civilians in Juba.

South Sudan secured its independence in 2011, but by December 2013 the longtime political rivalry between Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, had led to civil conflict that often followed ethnic lines.

The two men signed a peace deal in August 2015, but spent months wrangling over details while sporadic violence flared. Crucial elements of the deal, such as integrating the government and former rebel forces, have not been carried out.

The fighting has killed thousands of people and driven more than 2 million people from their homes, with many of them fleeing to neighboring states.

Ask whether the United States was willing to help South Sudan’s economy recover, Kerry said it would only do so if the nation’s leaders implemented a peace agreement and was doing whatever necessary to stabilise the country.

“If they choose not to do that, then we, who have been the largest donor in the world to the government of South Sudan, will have to rethink what we’re doing,” he added.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Edmund Blair and Michael Perry

Breaking News: SPLM-IO abducted governor KAPOETA STATE MARKO LOKIDOR has ied in Juba

February 18, 2018, Just a week after James Gatdet was send to death, another SPLM- iO governor of Kapoeta State has died in the hands of South Sudan National Security. on December 31, 2017, a report from SPLM-IO said that he was abducted in neighbouring Kenya, sparking concerns about security and the safety of the key opposition figures in the eastern African country. The abduction occurred at the refugee camp in northern Kenya on Friday evening.

Rebel deputy spokesman Paul Lam Gabriel said in a statement released on Sunday that the opposition appointed the Governor of Kapoeta State Marko Lokidor Lochapio was abducted from Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Gabriel, according to the statement, said the abducted rebel official was driven to Lokichogio the same night and was taken to Nadapal where he was allegedly handed over to South Sudan National Security Service on Saturday.

Multiple sources confirmed to Sudan Tribune that the rebel official was picked up from his home with the knowledge of the Kenyan police authorities who later informed the relatives.

The opposition governor was abducted from home by people who came with two vehicles around 05:00 pm and one of the abductors was seen having a gun by an eyewitness, the sources said.

It is not clear how the gunmen managed to enter another country with weapons without being detected.

Opposition officials find it difficult to live in Kenya. James Dak the spokesperson of the leader of the main rebel group (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar in the country was deported to Juba in November 2016 from Nairobi.

Two other leading opposition figures were abducted and disappeared without a trace in Nairobi. A prominent and an opposition official, Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, disappeared in Kenya and nobody knows what happened to them.

South African Faces Death Penalty in South Sudan Espionage Case

February 17, 2018


William John Endley, a South African national and an adviser to South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar, stands inside the dock in the High Court as his lawyer Gar Adel Gar looks on, in Juba, South Sudan, Feb. 13, 2018.
A South African man is facing a possible death sentence in South Sudan, after none of the key defense witnesses showed up at his trial on espionage charges and conspiracy to overthrow the government.William John Endley was a security contractor for former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar, now the leader of a rebel faction fighting the government of President Salva Kiir. Endley was arrested in August 2016, shortly after deadly fighting flared up between government forces and Machar’s bodyguards in Juba.

Endley, a retired South African army colonel, appeared in court Thursday in Juba, but six of his defense witnesses, including First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth and Higher Education Minister Yien Oral Lam have been absent since the proceedings began.

FILE - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Johannesburg, on Oct. 20, 2016.
FILE – South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Johannesburg, on Oct. 20, 2016.

Lam told VOA’s South Sudan In Focus he had no knowledge of the case.

“This is what I don’t know. Even none of the defense [lawyers] met myself. How could I be a witness to a person I don’t know and in a case that I am not aware of the circumstances?” he said.

Agel Machar, spokesman for Taban Deng Gai, says the vice president is traveling overseas. He added that he is not in a position to comment on the case.

“I’m not aware of this case. I don’t know about it. I’m hearing it for the first time from you. I will have to ask before I can make a comment on it,” said Machar, who is not related to Riek Machar.

Endley’s defense lawyer, Gar Adel, told the court Thursday that all key witnesses have traveled out of the country. He pleaded for more time to produce them in court at a later date.

Presiding High Court Judge Ladu Armenio rejected the defense’s pleas, saying he will announce his final verdict next week.

Adel listed the charges against his client.

“The conspiracy to overthrow the government which is under the National Security Service Act 2014, espionage also contrary to section 57 of the National Security Act, supplying weaponry to insurgents, saboteur or terrorist under the Penal Code, subverting a constitutional government under the Penal Code and illegal entry to South Sudan under the Passport and Immigration Act 2011,” Adel told VOA.

Endley first appeared in court last October with co-defendant James Gatdet Dak, Riek Machar’s spokesman. The court sentenced Gatdet this week to a 21-year prison sentence to be followed by death by hanging.

Journalists were not allowed to record Thursday’s proceedings, and Endley’s lawyer had little to say after the court session.

“Today the defense and proceedings closed its case and today the court also closed the defense case, so that means we have come to a closure of the case,” he said.

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Chief prosecutor Deng Acuil told South Sudan in Focus that he has not been authorized to speak to the media about the case.

Adel says if Endley is found guilty, his client could be sentenced to life imprisonment and possibly the death penalty.

He says Endley was performing his duties as a security contractor to help Machar’s forces integrate into the South Sudanese Army prior to being arrested. At the time, Kiir and Machar were attempting to implement a 2015 peace agreement.

Endley’s first defense team withdrew from the case more than three weeks ago, citing the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that the government and Machar’s group signed in December. The agreement requires South Sudan’s warring parties to release all prisoners of war and political detainees.

Endley’s daughter, Gweneth Endley, told South Sudan in Focus last year that she had not been able to learn much about the case against her father.

Mawien Makol, spokesman for South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said last year that Endley violated South Sudan’s visa rules. He did not elaborate. At that time, Makol said Endley would be released once the government completed its investigation.