Power blackout interrupts Kuel Aguer 3rd court session

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The third hearing of Former Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel has been adjourned to today 18 October due to power blackout during the session at a Special High Court in Juba.

However, the Defense Lawyer of Kuel Aguer Kuel has continued to deny charges brought against his client.

Earlier on during the second session, the defense lawyer had requested the Court to allow his (Kuel) lawyers and family members to visit Kuel.

During the third session, the court said access has been granted for Kuel’s legal defense team and his family to visit him.

While on the same note, during the second hearing, the Persecutor continued to cross examine the police investigator’s evidence that had been filed to the special high court.

Three documents among the nine documents handed over to court as evidence against the accused Kuel Aguer have been cross-examined with the fourth document left half way as the court was adjourned for Tuesday due to power blackout.

Kuel is being charged of five offences against the State, including subverting constitutional government, insurgency, banditry, sabotage, or terrorism and causing disaffection among defense forces.

The evidence submitted by the prosecution board to court included online publications, post-video, audio, recorded testimony, expert opinion, impounded exhibits and digital evidence, as well as websites, declarations and distributed circular.

The accused Kuel was arrested on second August 2021 for co-founding the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA), a group that called for peaceful protests across the Country on August 30, 2021, to force the Transitional government to step down.

Among the accused group were Abraham Awenlieth, Rajab Muhandis, Wani Michael, Jame David Kolok, Manas Mathiang and Daniel Makau.

The six members are being tried in their absentia with only Kuel Aguer who continues to appear before court.

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