William Endley, was arrested in late 2016 following the collapse of a peace deal between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and former vice president, Riek Machar (Samir Bol/Reuters)

By Morris Dogga

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has announced the release of a South African retired colonel and former advisor to Dr. Machar who was detained in South Sudan.

Colonel William Endley was sentenced to death by hanging early this year for his alleged role in supporting rebels during the civil war.

Endley, 56, was arrested in late 2016 following the collapse of the 2015 peace deal between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and former vice president Dr. Riek Machar.

Endley served as a security advisor to Machar after the war began. Previously, he had worked at security firms in the capital Juba.

The court sentenced him to two years imprisonment for illegal entry into South Sudan, four years for publication of false information, seven years for training and sabotage, and to death for conspiracy to overthrow the government.

Addressing the gathering during the peace celebration in Juba on Wednesday, President Kiir said the move was to show his commitment to implement the revitalized peace agreement.

He said Mr. Endley would be deported back to his country upon release.

“I will release him tomorrow (Thursday). He will be released and deported to his own country. He will not stay here,” Kiir said.

 

 

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