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Dr. Jok Madut in prison over a civil lawsuit

Dr. Jok Madut Jok in a past function in South Sudan.

Police are holding a renowned scholar and analyst Dr. Jok Madut Jok at the Central Prison in Juba reportedly over a private matter.

According to Dr. Jok, he was served with an arrest warrant while checking in at Juba International Airport yesterday.

He said the warrant was issued despite not receiving a court summon over a matter involving his nephew.

Dr. Jok Madut told Eye Radio that according to the arresting officers, he is accused of bailing out a relative for whom a SPLA General has a case against.

The family of the General is said to have accused Dr. Jok’s relative of impregnating an underage girl.

“I am in detention right now, I am in the Central Prison. It was only the arrest warrant that came to me and I was shocked to see that, because I had no idea that there was an issue, that there was a court case,” said Dr. Jok.

He added that his arrest is unlawful and violates the procedures to which a potential witness or suspect is detained.

“It is completely un-procedural, because normally if there is a court case, you receive a summon and then if you refuse to show-up, then that becomes ground for your arrest,” he said.

“So it is a kind of a diversion of the law and abuse of the office by the people who opened the case and the authority that organized together to arrest me.”

As a result of the public holiday in South Sudan, Dr. Jok Madut’s relative are not able to bail him out, because most government institutions are not functioning during Eid al-Adha festivities.

He said he is forced to spend the three nights in prison against his constitutional rights.

Eye Radio sought reaction from the SPLA over a possible abuse of power by the SPLA General, but the SPLA spokesperson, Major General Lul Ruai said “the matter is a civil case, and can only be handled by the police.”