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BISHOPS Call for release of Dong and Idri

Bishop Santo Loku Pio, Auxiliary Bishop of Juba speaks to the

press yesterday in Juba (Photo: Woja Emmanuel)

By Woja Emmanuel

South Sudan Catholic Bishops have called on the government to release jailed political prisoners Samuel Dong and Aggrey Idri Ezbon.

Both Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idri Ezbon were arrested and deported by the Kenyan security agents in collaboration with Juba government. They were deported in February 2017, since then their whereabouts remained an issue of concern.

The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan signed last September demands the warring parties to release all the political detainees and prisoners of war on both sides.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of all political detainees held by his government as part of a recently signed peace deal.

In a Presidential order read on South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation (SSBC) late September, Kiir directed his army Chief to free all political detainees stop new recruitment into the army and observe the “permanent” ceasefire deal signed in June.

According to the Auxiliary Bishop of Juba Santo Loku Pio, the two have not been released as  directed by the  Presidential pardon.

“We are also aware that those of Samuel Dong and Aggrey Idri up to now are not released even if the agreement said very clearly and stipulated the time for the release,” Bishop Santo said yesterday.

The government and opposition factions in the country have released several political detainees and prisoners of war since last year.

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