South Sudan’s spy chief ordered deportation and killing of Dong, Aggrey – UN report

Dong Samuel Luak(R) and Aggrey Idri(L), South Sudanese activists and exiled politicians, who have been detained in Kenya and at risk of unlawful deportation back to South Sudan,(Photo: private file)

Dong Samuel Luak(R) and Aggrey Idri(L), South Sudanese activists and exiled politicians, who have been detained in Kenya and at risk of unlawful deportation back to South Sudan,(Photo: private file)

May 1st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations said in a report released Tuesday that it has evidence South Sudan’s Director of National Security Service, General Akol Koor Kuc, ordered the deportation – from Kenya – and killing of activist, Dong Samuel Luak, and SPLM-IO member, Aggrey Iddri.

The two men were deported to Juba following their arrest by South Sudan security operatives in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2017 but the government denied that it has any link or knowledge to what have or might happen to them.

In a report released on Tuesday, a UN panel said it has collaborated evidence that strongly support the two men were kidnapped from Kenya and deported to Juba on orders of South Sudan’s security chief, General Akol Koor.

“The Panel has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that both Aggrey and Dong were kidnapped in Kenya by the Internal Security Bureau of South Sudan, which is part of the National Security Service,” the UN report partly said. “Acting on orders from the Director General of the Internal Security Bureau, Lieutenant General Akol Koor Kuc, the Internal Security Bureau team transported the two men from Kenya to Juba in a commercial plane on 27 January 2017, chartered with the help of the Embassy of South  Sudan in Nairobi.”

The report – citing ‘well-placed’ sources – said Dong and Aggrey were first detained at the NSS headquarters in Juba the same day they were brought from Kenya before they were moved to Luri were they eventually met their fate.

“Once in the South Sudanese capital, the two men were taken to an Internal Security Bureau detention facility in the compound that serves as the National Security Service headquarters, commonly known as the Blue House,” the report said.

“On the night of the day they arrived, however, both Aggrey and Dong Were, according to the same corroborated evidence, moved from the Blue House facility to another National Security Service detention and training facility in Luri that is part of a sprawling presidential and security service complex about 20 km west of Juba,” the report added.

The report further concluded – based on accounts from many sources it said were highly credible – that Dong and Aggrey were killed on orders from South Sudan’s security chief on January 30th 2017 at Luri.

“These accounts corroborate each other across a number of key details, leading the Panel to conclude that it is highly probable that Aggrey Idri and Dong Samuel Luak were executed by Internal Security Bureau agents at the Luri facility on 30 January 2017, on orders from the commander of the National Security Service training and detention facilities in Luri, the Commander of the National Security Service Central Division and, very aptly, Lieutenant General Akol Koor Kuc,” it added.

“Their tragic deaths offer a sobering reflection of the challenges posed to the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement by the violent legacy of South Sudan’s conflicts, while highlighting the increasingly unchecked discretionary power of the National Security Service.”