South Sudan set up court to try NSS members
December 5th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan has set up a tribunal to try members of the country’s National Security Services (NSS) involved in criminal and illegal activies.
According to the National Security Service Act, powers and functions of the national security service includes to protect national interests – monitor, investigate and conduct search of suspects and places related to crimes or offenses against the state.
Members of the NSS has been accused of killing and carrying out crimes to support the government of president Salva Kiir Mayardit.
They were involved in the 2013 massacre of Nuer civilians in the country’s capital Juba.
“This tribunal is mandated to all the members of the national security service accountable of all criminal acts and breaches of the national security act and any other laws and regulations,” said Kalbano Obaj, director of legal affairs at the National Security Service.
The tribunal which will base in Juba will consist of five judges and will have the jurisdiction to adjudicate over cases related to human rights violations and those in breach of the NSS Act.