SOUTH SUDAN: PRESIDENT PARDONS TWO PROMINENT DEATH ROW INMATES
November 5, 2018:
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on 31 October 2018 ordered the release of James Gatdet Dak the spokesperson of SPLM-IO leader. (Sources: sudantribune.com, 31/10/2018)
Kiir announced his decision during the celebration of the peace agreed attended by the regional leaders and in presence of opposition leaders including Riek Machar.
President Kiir said that James was condemned by a special court but he ordered today to free him from jail.
On 12 February 2018, a special court in Juba sentenced James to death by hanging, but his lawyers described the verdict as a political decision.
The South Sudanese leader also ordered the release of a South African national William Endley, who fought beside the SPLM-IO. Kiir said he was a "mercenary" and ordered to expel him immediately after his release.