7 in South Sudan charged with sabotage and insurgency

JUBA, South Sudan — Seven people including South Sudanese academic and activist, Peter Biar Ajak, were charged in court Monday with sabotage, insurgency and possession of weapons for allegedly staging an uprising in South Sudan's main national security prison in October. If found guilty they could be sentenced to death.

The men are being tried in a civilian court and are being accused by the country's National Security Service for stealing firearms and communicating false statements while in prison. South Sudanese businessman, Kerbino Agok Wol, one of the accused, allegedly spearheaded the attack and then spoke about it with U.S. based news outlet, Voice of America while in jail.

The charges are the first to be brought against the men, yet they are different for the reasons each of them was originally detained.

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