Pastor released in Aweil after 6 months in jail without trial
A Christian leader was released last week in Aweil State after six months of imprisonment without trial.
South Sudan’s transitional constitution requires detainees to be produced before a court within 24 hours.
Rev. Malong Baak Malong of Jenina Christians’ Tabernacle (JTC) was arrested on 4 January after his church members opposed a government decision to demolish the church buildings in Aweil town over a land row.
During independence celebrations on 9 July, Aweil state governor Tong Akeen Ngor announced the release of the detained pastor as part of activities marking the country’s 8th independence anniversary.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Sunday, the director for criminal investigation department, David Dut said the pastor had been released after several months in jail.
On his part, Pastor Malong Baak applauded Aweil state governor for ordering his release from prison.
“I am now free after my release from prison on 11 July. I thank the governor and I call upon all South Sudanese to embrace forgiveness,” said Malong.
The religious leader has called on authorities to guarantee freedom of worship across the country.