Court cross-examines former Governor Kuel’s accuser

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The Ministry of Interior delegated respondent representing the government in the court case of Kuel Aguer has testified in the special high court in Juba yesterday.

The jury and the defense lawyer of Kuel Aguer finished cross examining the complainant’s evidences presented to the special high court against the former governor and the court was adjourned to fourth of November 2022.

The government through the Ministry of Interior, represented by the police officer authorized by the Inspector General of the Police (IGP) is battling it out with the former governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Kuel Aguer who had been accused of crime against the nation.

In the next session, the court Jury is expected to also cross examine the persecution witness or experts.

This comes as a follow up after the Judges and defense Lawyer, Kiir Chol Deng had finished the cross examination of the Police investigator.

Speaking to No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, Kiir Chol said that, they have a representative from the Ministry of Interior, as the accuser of which they did cross examination on the counts the government levied against his client.

“We were supposed to have session tomorrow but the persecution witness who was supposed to come tomorrow will not make it because we are told he has lost his mother,” he said.

“So, the court is adjourned up to the fourth of November where we will hear either the experts or the prosecution witness,”

The penal of Judges handling the special high court case were Douth Kulang Bichiok, Obac Dengyony Anyong and Someya Salieh.

The Defense Lawyer of Kuel Aguer Kuel has continued to deny charges brought against his client.

This comes after sequence of cross examination by the three judges, Head committee and the Defense Lawyer of Kuel Aguer the former Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor.

Earlier on during the second session, the Defense Lawyer had requested the Court to allow his (Kuel) lawyers and Family Members to visit Kuel.

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

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 evident 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 that continued to appear before the court.

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