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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
2013/08/15 The South Sudan Law Society condemns death threats made against lawyers representing Pagan Amum, which it believes to have been made by government officials. Snippet 1139
2013/08/07 to 2013/08/15 A lawyer who has acted for Pagan Amum, Mut Turuk, accuses the Chief Justice, Justice Chan Reech Madut, of losing his integrity, after he orders the deletion of journalists' photographs and statements taken on Supreme Court premises. Snippet
2013/07/23 to 2013/08/07 Pagan Amum files a petition to the Supreme Court against Salva Kiir and the SPLM for violating his rights to freedom of expression and movement (when Kiir issued a party order forbidding Amum from travelling outside Juba or talking to the media). Snippet 1074
2013/07/25 As Chairman of the SPLM, and under SPLM internal law, Salva Kiir orders Pagan Amum not to leave Juba or talk to the media while under investigation for misconduct as SPLM Secretary General. Snippet 1029
2013/07/23 President Salva Kiir issues a decree sacking VP Riek Machar and dissolving the cabinet. He also orders a corruption investigation of SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amum. These actions are widely seen as part of a power struggle at the top of government and the SPLM. Snippet 1021
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.

Salva Kiir Mayardit, 2006/02/21. Bibliography item: Salva Kiir Mayardit (2006/02/21) "SPLM Chairman’s Resolution No. 5". (Operating document). SPLM/Wikileaks. [Operating document] SPLM/Wikileaks. Accessed online.

This text, apparently obtained by US diplomats and leaked through Wikileaks, represents Salva Kiir's first major re-shuffle of the SPLM hierarchy as Chairman, having taken over following the death of John Garang the previous year. It may be useful in tracking the fortunes and alignments of leading South Sudan politicians. A notable point is the promotion of Pagan Amum to Number 2 position in the interim political bureau and executive committee of the SPLM.

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