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SPLA-IO commander orders subordinate to chop man’s arms over ‘stolen’ phone

Juba, South Sudan,

June 13, 2021 – A commander from the SPLA-IO has reportedly ordered a general to cut off both arms of a 19-year-old boy in Ruweng Administrative Area after he allegedly stole a cell phone.

SPLA-IO commander orders subordinate to chop man’s arms over ‘stolen’ phone
Atem Mayiik Manyil pictured at a local hospital in Pariang (photo credit: Eye Radio)

According to reports from local media, Brig. Gen. Alek Yai Guen set Maj. Gen. Monykoang to arrest Atem Mayiik Manyil on a claim that he used the phone in question and it was never seen afterward.

Ruweng Administrative Area’s Information Director Miakol Makuach told a local media outlet the incident came to light three weeks later with the victim also sustaining deadly injuries on both limbs and unable to walk after gruesome torture.

“This incident happened three weeks ago and now we have arrested and detained here at Ruweng Administrative Area prison, the person who directed the arrest of Atem Mayiik Manyil,” Makuach told a long media outlet.

“They cut both arms of the man and they said this was because the man took a phone to make some calls and they did not find the phone again,” Makuach was quoted to have said.

Despite South Sudanese laws prohibiting torture, members of organized forces have repeatedly assaulted civilians even when the person was not proven guilty by a competent court of law.


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