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Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth

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2014/05/07 Kenya President Kenyatta receives the four politicians who were inconclusively tried for coup plotting: Pagan Amum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Majak D'Agoot and Oyay Deng. The four are expected to participate in the peace talks in Ethiopia. Snippet: Kenya President Kenyatta receives the four politic....
2014/04/25 The special court trying four alleged coup-plotters agrees to stay the case on the request of the Justice Ministry 'in order to promote peace and reconciliation among our people'. Pagan Amum says the four will now work on making national peace. Presidential spokesman says the rebels can no longer demand realease of the four as a precondition of talks. President Kiir says the four are now 'free like any citizen in South Sudan'. But he also orders that they should not leave the country, saying that they are needed for reconciliation, and that the case against them is stayed but not cancelled. Snippet 1865
2014/03/11 The trial begins of four principal alleged coup plotters - Pag'an Amum, Oyay Deng, Majak d'Agoot and Ezekiel Gatkuoth Lul - on charges including treason. The prosecutor asks for the trial to be held in secret; the judge says a decision on that is premature. Snippet 1595
2013/12 to 2014/02 GRSS identified the following leading politicans as instigators of an attempted coup on 15 December. Plotters who evaded capture: Riek Machar, Taban Deng, Alfred Lado Plotters who were arrested and not released by 2014/03/01: Pagan Amum, Oyay Deng, Majak D’Agoot, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth Inciters of uprising who were arrested, and released after mediation at the end of January: Deng Alor, Gier Chuang, Cirino Heting, John Luk, Madut Biar Yel, Chol Tong Mayay, Kosti Manibe, Peter Adwok (released earlier) Suspects initially arrested but let go: Khamis Abdal-Latif and Deng Deng Akoon. Snippet
2013/12/06 Members of the (dissolved) SPLM Political Bureau hold a press conference and issue a statement in which they accuse Salva Kiir of discarding SPLM structures, ostracizing people formerly close to John Garang, bringing non-SPLM or recently-SPLM people into high government office. They call on him not to bypass the BP but to convene it to set the agenda for the NLC. Participants include: Riek Machar, Pagan Amum, Rebecca Nyandeng, Alfred Lado, Deng Alor, Chol Tong, Taban Deng, John Luk, Adwok Nyaba, Majak Agot, Oyai Deng, Madut Biar, Gier Chuang, Luka Monoja, Cirino Hiteng and Ezekiel Lol. Snippet 1568
2014/03/05 Leading SPLM figure Luka Biong Deng calls for President Kiir to release the remaining four detained alleged coup plotters: Pagan Amum, Oyay Deng, Majak Agoot and Ezekiel Lul. Their trial in Juba is due to start soon, and Luka fears they do not have resources for adequate legal representation. He is encouraged by Kiir's naming of Riek ally Taban Deng in a preparatory committee for SPLM internal reconciliation talks. Snippet 1536
Reference Mini-review
J4J4 Campaign, 2014/03/16. ‘Juba four’ trial inherently flawed [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

This article - by a campaign supporting the 'Juba Four' (Pag'an Amum, Oyay Deng, Majak D'Agoot and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth) - lays out the ways in which their detention and current trial have been unconstitutional and unjust. Principally these are that: the four were detained without being properly charged; that they are being tried at a Special Court which has not been convened in accordance with the national consitution; that they have not been given proper opportunity to prepare a defence. Accordingly it calls for their immediate release.

Radio Tamazuj, 2014/01/29. Factbox: Understanding the detainees question in South Sudan [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

Useful summary of the position of the GRSS action against suspected leaders of the alleged 15 December coup as of 29 January. It suggests some legal irregularities.

NSS-GIB, 2013. Current political situation and its containment strategy [Operating document] National Security Service - General Intelligence Bureau. Accessed online.

This is apparently a leaked top-secret document which, if genuine, provides insights into the political events of later 2013. It is a funding proposal by the NSS-GIB to enhance their capacity to know about the potentially destabilizing activities of some politicians and their supporters in the run-up to the SPLM's Third National Convention. Also for organizing support campaigns in South Sudan and internationally. It includes a budget for USD 7m. It lists various political figures as suspected of running 'underground political campaigns' (see topic tags and the original document for names).

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