CPJ call for unconditional and immediate release of Peter Biar Ajak
July 29th, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) condemns in the strongest terms possible the arbitrary detention of Peter Bair Ajak and calls on South Sudan National Security Service to immediately and unconditionally release Biar.
In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, Tito Anthony, the CPJ’s Executive Director, says Biar’s detention is illegal and politically motivated.
“To best of my knowledge Biar is innocent and must be released, should anyone have anything against him that let him go to police and file a case.” Anthony said
“The legal way to arrest someone is to open a case against that individual first and the court will order his arrest.” He continued.
The CPJ director claims that Peter Biar is not a threat to South Sudan National Security and therefore the national security service should release him.
“Arresting someone without legal order from the court is violation of the constitution which is the supreme law of the country.” Anthony went on.
The CPJ reiterates that the arbitrary detention of Peter Biar is not only a violation of his freedom of movement but also a violation of the constitution which is the country’s supreme law.
“I call on the national security to repeal all provisions in the national security act 2014 that give the national security officer unlimited and unconstitutional power to arrest anyone without arrest warrant.” Anthony said.
“If national security insist of having a case against peter bair than they should transfer his case to police and immediately allow peter biar to access his lawyer.” He continued.