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South Sudan: Amnesty International slams sham trial that resulted in prison sentences for six men including activist Peter Biar Ajak

, Index number: AFR 65/0510/2019

Amnesty International has slammed the 11 June 2019 South Sudanese court ruling that handed prison sentences to six South Sudanese men, including prominent academic and activist Peter Biar Ajak for promoting public violence and disturbing the peace, and businessman and philanthropist Kerbino Agok Wol for various crimes against the state. The six men were initially arrested and detained without explanation. The violation of their rights has been overshadowed by this trial. Throughout this trial, Amnesty International received reports of harassment and intimidation of defence lawyers, witnesses and even the arbitrary arrest and detention of a defence witness.

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