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Terrain Hotel saga, case deferred for two weeks again

The chairman of the investigation committee who was mandated by the President to investigate the Terrain Hotel incident has been summoned by the military court martial to come forward to clarify some areas that the court is unable to understand, said the Acting Army Spokesperson.

Addressing the media after the third hearing of the case, Col. Santo Domic Chol said the summon was based on the request made by the defense lawyer to avail the chairperson before the court.

The court has also accepted a request put forward by the defense lawyer to summon the doctor who did the postmortem test of the victims to appear and to explain some of the findings.

Chol said those who are summoned by the court were expected in the next hearing.

After the Terrain incident, President Salva Kiir formed an investigation committee headed by the Deputy Minister of Justice, Martinson Mathew Oturomoi to investigate what exactly happened at the Terrain attack.

Chol also added that the prosecutor had been requested by the court to establish contact with the doctor who is said to be in Nairobi so that he could come to clarify some areas.

The court adjourned the hearing for another two weeks after the prosecutor requested to be given more time to deliver some of the evidence that were not presented before the court.

“Based on the request of the prosecutor, and for the transparency of the case, the session is adjourned up to the 4th of July 2017, before the next hearing there will be a site visit to Terrain Hotel,” the President of the military court Brig. Gen. PSC Knight Baryano Almass announced.

This also came after the prosecutor requested the court to have a site visit to see all the damages that had been caused during the incident.

The prosecutor said most of the victims and the witnesses are still not in the country.

There was a heated debate over the range of the accusations that had been levied on the accused- ranging from killing, rape and damages among others.

According to the prosecutor, ten of the suspects are charged with murder, rape, sexual harassment, looting, robbery, damage, aggression and harm while others were charged with looting and other offences.

The suspects have all denied the charges against them.

The men in military uniform are accused of rape, torture and murder during the July, 11th assault of aid workers at Terrain Hotel in Juba last year when fighting erupted between President Salva Kiir forces and those loyal to his former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

The 12 accused soldiers appeared in different uniforms. The prosecutor also accepted before the court that the men are from different units of the army.

By Morris Dogga

 

 

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