South Sudan Army Has Indicted 60 Soldiers for Murder, Rape and Looting after July Clashes—Spokesman

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Sixty South Sudanese soldiers have been tried before a court martial for alleged crimes committed during last month’s fighting in the capital Juba, the army spokesman said Monday.

Brig Lul Ruai Koang said they include looting, murder and shooting with at least two officers convicted of murder. He said the military is “waiting for presidential approval” before revealing the exact number of those convicted and their sentences.

“They have been tried and the sentences have been passed to the high authorities,” Brig Koang said.
However, none of the 60 were charged with rape despite many reported incidents of sex attacks by government soldiers on civilians and aid workers.

Brig Koang said rape victims had failed to come before the court martial, which was neither held in public nor publicised in advance.

Survivors of attacks, human rights groups and the UN all reported many rapes during and after an outbreak of fighting between government and opposition forces in Juba last month.

AFP