South Sudan President set to pardon prisoners

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of a number of prisoners following the inspection of an inmate facility in Juba.

The president on Tuesday announced that prisoners convicted of minor offences at the facility, who have shown good behaviour during their detention, would be pardoned for New Year’s Eve. He asked prison officials to draw a list of inmates to be pardoned and urged all prisoners to behave and cooperate with prison officers.

Salva Kiir orders pardon for inmates

Standing alongside the president as he announced the pardon, South Sudan’s prison director Henry Kuach Aguar said overcrowding is a problem across the country’s prisons. He said some inmates have been held in custody for years without having their day in court.

He said others remain in detention for too long without being convicted of any crime, some of whom have spent more than 10 years in prison without an investigation into their supposed crimes being launched.

Additionally, many institutes lack the necessary facilities to cater for inmates.

Aguar’s statements shine a light on the inherent problems with South Sudan’s legal system that routinely detains people without a due legal process being completed.

Featured image: By Al Jazeera English – Salva Kiir, the president of southern Sudan, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17499174

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.