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Corruption: Kiir’s Office staff appear in court

Author : | Published: Monday, February 22, 2016

Two former senior officials of the office of President Kiir appeared in court today 8 months after they were detained for allegedly stealing millions of dollars.

In June last year, President Salva Kiir issued administrative orders suspending the executive director in his office, Mayen Wol and Yel Luol, chief administrator.

This came a month after national security officer attached to the Office of the President, John Agou, was arrested over the fraud.

The men were accused and suspended on charges related to forging signature of President Kiir.

This led to the loss of over $14 million in the name of the president.

The men also allegedly used the signature to steal 30 million South Sudanese pounds, with the help of 14 officials from the Central Bank and ministry of finance

“The accused had been accused for abusing their power and misuse their positions and violated financial rules and regulations,” said Deng Achuil, senior legal counsel at the high court.

Also in the dock today were the controller of accounts in the Office of President, the overall controller of accounts in the Office of President; Anne Christos Ladu, accountant at the Office of the President; and Executive Director at the office of the Secretary-General for Decentralization; Chaat Paul, Director of Communication at General Administration Office; Francis Justin, employee of ministry of finance; and Anyang Majok, cashier of the central bank.

They are said to be part of the network of corrupt officials that got involved in the fraud.

The court decided that the accused persons should seek their defense lawyers today in order to have details about the case before interrogation can take place tomorrow in the court.

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