Gabriel, the deputy rebel spokesman, said by phone that
the deal was sealed late Monday after the team from Kenya
met with the local authorities in Akobo region.
Kenyan pilots have been released after the compensation
fee of 108,000 dollars agreed by the two sides was honored,”
the family of the deceased and the owners of the
properties finally accepted to set free the two pilots.
“It was not
ransom from the rebels as purported instead the rebel
leaders in the region only provided security and
facilitated the negotiation process,” he added.
year, Cessna Caravan with registration number 5y-FDC,
crashed in the area and killed one civilian and destroyed
Later on, the
Sudan people’s Liberation Army- in Opposition (SPLA-IO)
demanded a sum of 200,000 dollars as compensation for the
death of a woman and 11 cows in the accident.
Lam said the
two Kenyan pilots identified as Captain Pius Frank Njoroge
and co-pilot Kennedy Shamalla were handed to government
officials on Monday.
Kenyan Pilots Association threatened to suspend commercial
and chartered flights to war-torn South Sudan in an effort
to seek release of their detained colleagues in Akobo.