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JUBA - 9 Feb 2015

South Sudan security raid lawyers' association meeting, arrest journalist

South Sudan's National Security Service on Monday interrupted an election of the South Sudan Bar Association and arrested a reporter covering the event.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, a witness who asked not to be named said that the Bar Association was carrying out an election for leadership positions when National Security Service personnel came to the venue and asked the lawyers whether they had permission to do the election.

“We were at the New Sudan Palace hotel this morning, the election was done but after the national security came and asked for the legal papers from the security that allow them to do the election," he said.

The source added that security personnel then began to seize the ballot boxes. In the meantime, they also arrested Gurtong journalist Jok Akur Ngaar while he was taking photos of the unfolding events. 

Photo: Lawyers voting today in Juba