JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
A South Sudan court on Friday sentenced to death by hanging a
South African national and security advisor to rebel leader Riek
The South Sudan High
Court said William John Endley, a retired soldier of the South
African army, holds the rank of major general in the main rebel
group the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO).
included illegal entrance, sabotage, conspiracy and terrorism.
Judge Ladu Eriminio
Sekwat said Endley will subsequently serve a 9-and-half-year
Endley has already
served one and half year in detention since being arrested in
August 2016 in Juba after renewed fighting broke out between
Machar’s faction and troops loyal to President Salva Kiir.
Gardit Abel Gar said they would launch an appeal.
“It is inconsistent
with the just signed Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) which has
expressly stated that all political prisoners of war should have
been released within 72 hours,” Gar said after court rejected
his plea for lenient sentence for Endley on medical reasons.
The court said
evidence got from Endley’s confiscated laptop showed he had
passed on information aiding the opposition in military
engagement against the South Sudan government.
The same court on
Feb. 12 sentenced to death James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesman
captured and extradited to Juba from Nairobi in November 2017.
“The UN has very
firm view that we do not support the death penalty,” said the
head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer on
Thursday in reference to the trials.
descended into violence in December 2013, after political
dispute between President Kiir and his former deputy Machar led
to fighting that pitted Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir
against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital, forcing
Machar to flee into exile.
The conflict has
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that
have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Enditem