William’s lawyer has not been paid

By Merio Jimmy

An extradition looms for H & U Company fugitive Aliandri William, yet another lawyer has threatened to withdraw representation because he hasn’t been paid.

The Star has learnt that William’s lawyer, Charles Ajoung, who also represents the Company in his ongoing criminal trial, has threatened to withdraw from the extradition application if he isn’t paid, meaning further possible delays in proceedings. Company fugitive is facing multiple charges, including murder.

This would be the third lawyer who had allegedly not been paid in full by William, including representatives from Wor and Lam Attorneys, Alfred Yak and Miriam Sebit (during his previous criminal trial), and private attorney Nema Gisma.

Alfred told Juba Monitor that “should we not be in funds (before the next appearance), we will withdraw”.

However, he indicated he would still represent William in the ongoing murder trial for the alleged killing of Benson Jenario from Gudele residential area.William’s extradition hearing was supposed to commence yesterday (on Monday) this week but had to be postponed to Friday this week as William was not taken to the Juba Magistrate’s Court because of confusion over another urgent application he had launched.

On Monday this week, William launched an urgent application to have his “torturous” prison conditions relaxed, asking for full access to his legal representatives, among other requests.However, because Correctional Services did not bring him to the Juba high court that day, the case was rolled over to Friday, the day of the extradition application.

William also demanded that he be allowed access to a private doctor and psychiatrist at his own expense, as well as the opportunity to have access to his personal computer and be allowed to phone-calls his family and also at his own expense.

But according to Alfred, William withdrew the matter “on a technicality” on Monday. Meanwhile, The Juba Monitor has learnt that the State currently supports the extradition application, and that the key argument of William’s opposition to the application has now fallen away.

Throughout the lengthy extradition proceedings, his lawyers have often postponed the matter pending the case status application.But according to sources close to the case, William has dropped the refugee status appeal.

The same sources explained that this means the Juba Magistrate court will now have to weigh up the application by the Company to extradite William. If the court grants the extradition bid, it would then be up to the justice institutions and the company to negotiate a deal on whether William will have to stand for his multiple criminal trials in Court before he is returned to his home country ‘Uganda’.

A complication arises; however, as Justice may also have to broker a deal with the National Prosecuting Authority to potentially suspend William’s upcoming criminal proceedings to allow the extradition to go ahead.

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