Deportation Again? Kenya Police Arrest 24 South Sudanese in Nairobi under unclear Circumstances

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Police in Kenya’s capital Nairobi reportedly evaded a wedding party organized by the South Sudan community in the country and detained 24 people.

It is not clear whether the detained were legally registered as refugees or not. However, Kenya police officials say that the arrested had gathered for holding an assembly without clearance from the police

“Kenyan police stormed the wedding [venue]and took 24 South Sudanese youth who attended the wedding. The reason behind their arrest was that they did not notify the police about the function,” One of the South Sudanese living in Nairobi told Sudan Tribune.

The incident comes less than a week after the arrest and deportation of James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of opposition leader Riek Machar.

Dak who was picked from his residence in Nairobi is currently held up by Security operatives in Juba. Officials from the oppostion SPLM-IO say he has been subject to torture and inhuman treatment from the security operatives.

The United Nations voiced concern on Friday for the safety of the top aide.

Amnesty International called Dak’s repatriation a “brazen and dangerous attack on refugee rights” and said he now faced a “grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.”

An official at the South Sudan embassy in Nairobi Andrew Kuol Agok said the arrested youths did not comply with the law.

“If you abuse the law then the law will have a solution [for you]”, he stressed.