Kidnapped South Sudanese Officials Not Brought To Court In Nairobi
Jan 27, 2017(Nyamilepdia) —– For the first time in history, many South Sudanese who are residing in Kenya flocked to Milimani Courthouse this morning to demand an immediate release of two of their countrymen who were kidnapped and illegally detained in undisclosed locations earlier this week.
Based on earlier intelligence, Dong Samuel, a South Sudan lawyer and a human rights activist, who has been living in exile in Nairobi, was being detained at Ngong Police station near Wilson airport, waiting to be deported to Juba, South Sudan.
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Another South Sudanese politician Aggrey Idri, an economist who leads SPLM-IO humanitarian wing was kidnapped on Tuesday morning and detained at unknown location.
To surprise of many South Sudanese who turned up in court this morning, the two gentlemen were not brought to courthouse but their case was heard in absentia.
The court called on two suspected police stations, however, they both denied having detained the two South Sudanese officials.
According to observers and human rights lawyers, who witnessed the case, Kenyan police and criminal investigation departments were not cooperating with the court.
The court has ordered the CID to locate the two South Sudanese officials and also ordered the immigration department not to deport the two South Sudanese unless with a due process from the Kenyan courts.
The court was adjourned to resume on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.
Despite on a short notice, Dong and Idri case was attended by mama Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Ambassador James Oryema and hundreds of South Sudanese who came to show their solidarity.
Kenya has been a home away from home for many South Sudanese who live and study comfortably in all parts of Kenya for more than three decades; however, a few decisions taken by Kenyatta government late last year could jeopardize safety of many South Sudanese in Kenya and as well as safety of Kenyans in South Sudan.
In a similar process, James Gatdet Dak, a spokesman of SPLM-IO chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, was deported in November 2016 leaving many South Sudanese worried in Kenya.
It is feared that further deportations could force many South Sudanese to leave Kenya for their own safety and could also provoke retaliations in South Sudan.